Art and PE, plus decompressing

What people don’t seem to realize is how stressful school can be for kids. The expectations are insane. I can’t even imagine, I barely remember any standardized testing more than once every few years growing up. Then the PSAT and SAT. Not quarterly. Oof.

Making a transition from public school to public-school-at-home is a shock. Going from public school to homeschooling is a shock. Some amount of decompression is needed for kids to reorient and gather their bearings. Getting right into it may work at your board meeting or brainstorming meeting, but kids need a little more finessing. Meeting them where they are as it were.

So, I’m sure, some people immediately dug into things. I chose to observe. Changing up the whole schooling dynamic is going to result in some chaos of sorts, and I’ll be honest, I’ve got enough going on in my life. I’m glad I’m an essential worker so I can continue to provide for my children, however it means I have little time for nonsense. 140 emails from every single teacher and principal my four children have in three different schools, plus the school district notificarions and letters? Definite flashbacks/triggers to other email issues I’ve had in the past, and fairly overwhelming. Moral of the story? It’s okay to decompress. It’s okay to chill and take your time. Life will still be there to deal with the next hour, or next day.

Moving on, I came home from work one day, to find this amazingness going on due to leaving my kids to their own devices for the morning.

Here is the start.

Touch your toes, and don’t fall off the balance beam.

Seriously one of my favorite parts, the floor is lava. Stay on the clouds. For real.

Follow the rainbow outlined face duck, over the bridge, to the yellow dotted road? (I just dig the cool lily they drew there.)

Variation of tiptoeing… then hopscotch of course.

My other favorite part, jump the pineapples. Not sure why. Just, pineapples.

Then jump through the store and into a puddle or lake at the far end.

Numerous contests and races happened on this chalk course.

For those wondering why this is cool? Well first off, duh, the floor is lava, and you jump pineapples. Second, this kept kids busy and outside for five hours. No joke. They got their wiggles out. Got a ton of fresh air and vitamin D (great for immune systems).

For those keeping tabs, this is Art, Physical Education, Physics, and Math.

Public school at home

So, yeah.  That happened.

I figured school was cancelled a few weeks before they officially called it.  I already had plans for how, and with what, to homeschool the kids again.  But the schools sent home… well… lots.  I picked up new extra Chromebook and reading books for my elementary kids.

This current version, only a week into public school at home, has been awful.  Between intimidation and threats from one side, to 58 assignments for my struggling 10yo 4th grader, to my 11yo 5th grader having over 16 hours of schoolwork…  my 8th grader had maybe 7 assignments.  My 9th grader had maybe 10 assignments.  Slightly more involved as they’re older and independent, but still.  This blows monkey chunks.

So, in pushback, I’m going to document here how *I* homeschool.

Welcome!

So, you know how it takes time to get glamour shots? Woody is no different.

Cell phone photos in the dark (this one was with one of the cool lights that change color – insta nightlight!) are about all I’ve got at the moment. We’re gonna take a little scenic drive one of these days to do his glamour shots. But in the meantime, you can check out his current head shots over on Outdoorsy.com.