Tomorrow our spring break is “officially” over. Normally there is a mix of “I can’t wait to go back & see my friends” to the “I don’t want homework again”. This year is different. No one is going back to school. School is coming to our kitchen table and desktops.
In Illinois, we anticipate an entire month of electronic home learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has shook up our household since March 13th. We will never look at Friday the 13th the same way again. The boys returned home from school, bags full of everything they “might” need and the growing excitement of the “extra week” of spring break.
Joke was on them.
Week One Social Distancing
The first weekend was a bit of cautious confusion. Kids wanted to schedule playdates the following week. Others wanted to plan sleepovers. Movie nights. Shopping excursions. Game nights. The list went on. Since the high school spring break trip was canceled, they still wanted to make the most of their spring break time.
Then the museums started to close. Field Museum. Shedd Aquarium. Museum of Science and Industry. Sh*t was getting real. While many were still hopeful that two weeks would be long enough for a shutdown, growing concerns in the medical community started to realize this wouldn’t be a short solution.
I wish I could say we were really productive keeping up with schoolwork for the last two weeks. But aside from some quick reviews on some classes, we focused on other things.
First up – garage cleaning. Dad and three boys home meant stuff got done. Garbage out. Floors swept. Car parts organized. Sports equipment put in its place. It looks so pretty.
We gotta eat. There was inventory of the kitchen (plus social distance shopping) meant we now have food for quite some time. Stocked up on our basics (no panic buying over here, just the regular stuff we use) and we were ready to hunker down.
Then there’s the cleaning. One really good deep clean of the whole house and a plan for daily means we might be able to stay on top of everything. Fingers crossed.
Then we cleaned each kids room, straightened up the playroom. Set up a sewing station (homemade masks for family and friends) and then set up a school station downstairs. It felt like we’d been home and busy for months!
One week. We had been home one week. Crap.
Week Two Social Distancing
Now we are at the end of week two.
The gap between week one and two wasn’t that pretty.
Social media. Xbox. Late nights gaming with friends led to snacks around midnight. There may or may not have been a few nights around 1 am that I walked downstairs and threatened the teenagers. This isn’t a frat house and quiet hours had to be maintained. At minimum – don’t wake me up after midnight. I take no responsibility for my actions when you wake me up and it’s still dark.
We’ve had some family fun times. Card games. Board games. Lego sorting. Crafts. Baking. Cooking. Outdoor walking, hiking, biking, and running. We are making the most of our time together. We have started FaceTime & FB Messenger calls with family and friends. Good to know everyone else is in the same situation.
“School” is back in session
Tomorrow will start the new chapter of learning. We hope we are ready.
Class time has been sent by the schools, kids have a game plan. We have it posted on the wall, therefore it is official. Schoolwork is out in the open – will keep everything centralized in hopes to maintaining an eye on the learning sessions. Studying and review can be done in their rooms.
Now hopefully, all will follow the rules. We will be juggling mom & dad’s work schedules with learning, family time, maintaining the house and maintaining all our sanity.
Wish us luck.