Who would have thought we would all be stuck at home on a lock down?? Not me!! We’ve been locked down for 7 days now. We made it through one weekend and although we still have a way to go, its going quite well at our end. Honestly, I understand why we are doing this and secretly enjoying the stay home thing. However, I do miss some of the things that kept me sane, like going to work. I LOVE my job!! I do miss it but lucky for me, I can work from home through digital learning forums with my kids and the students of my class.
My hubby on the other hand, is the one person who would dearly love to be at home tinkering around in his shed or sitting around binge watching TV. Sadly, he works for a company who supports our essential services in New Zealand, so he has to go to work each day. If i could switch places, I would but I can’t so we take what we have and work with it.
On the down side of this new living agreement, I have ended up with a fair bit of laundry but hey it’s not like I have too much else to do. 😍😍 Time just seems to pass by each day and before we know this will be behind us. Until then, well we just get on with it and make the best of a rotten situation.
The kids and I are looking after ourselves and keeping busy! The first few days were a bit of a novelty to be honest so we just chilled out a bit. They needed time to process what is happening because really, they will feel the pinch more than us. They are the social bunnies of the world so I had to give them a day or two to get used to being housebound. Saying that, the handy thing about being a teacher is that you enforce the home learning rules!! Miss HD, the Karate Kid and I had a nice old chat on the weekend where we talked about how we could make this work for us all. The end result is that we created a schedule for us ALL to follow.
On a technicality, this is actually the school holidays but as the kids pointed out, its not like we can actually do very much and we are limited on what we can do. I gave them time to think about how we could structure our day. It’s about making it fun for them so as I explained to them, it’s not rocket science, just using the noggin’ to keep us active in this crappy time!
So in case you need help with kids, let me share our routine with you!! We talked about how we could make it fun, so the kids asked for a schedule that would work like the school day. Now, remember my kids are older, so this works well. It just might help break up the day.
7am to 10am — Wake up, get dressed, breakfast, make beds, hang out on social media or play station. A time for us to chill out and see our friends on video links or games etc.
10am to 11am — Fitness time where they practice their skills in dancing👯♂️ or karate 🥋. Then we try something else, like YouTube videos (yoga, mindfulness), the treadmill, a walk, the bikes and then morning tea.
11am to 12.30 — School work – their choice from their schedules. Both have plenty of stuff to do. The Karate Kid has a learning grid with heaps of digital learning tasks from study ladder, epic (reading programme), inquiry, fitness, art, science and prodigy (math). He has something that covers all areas of learning. Leave me a comment if you want to know more!!!
MIss HD‘s programme is different again as most of her tasks have been emailed to her so she just gets on with it. This kid is missing school. LOL.
12.30-1.30 — LUNCH (as usual for both of them)
1.30-3 pm — School work or chores. I shake up the school work with boring stuff to creative projects. Makes it more interesting!! I try to encourage them to have some fun while they are learning.
3-6 — Free time
6-7pm Dinner & Family time
Then it’s just our usual night time routine of chilling out until around 8/8.30. Bed by 9 (realistically 9.30 as they phaff around so much. Kids these days, eh!!
This routine is working really well as it is keeping us all focused, I help them where they need it and I also get time for fitness, working challenges or blogging as I am doing now. I think that having a routine is helpful in giving structure to your days. We can work away and make sure the kids get through all their work, I don’t want them to get behind. Most people, will read this and think, far out, slave driver but to be fair, I don’t want my kids to get lazy therefore we have decided to keep their learning going.
At the end of the day, this whole situation isn’t anyone’s fault but a decrease in my kids learning abilities would be mine. Your kids have been sent home to keep them safe. They have been given work to keep their learning going. Lets be fair, the teachers have put in a lot of time and effort for our kids, particularly now and I think that it would be rude if we did nothing and then expect them (the teachers) to move heaven and earth at the other end of this. We owe it to our kids to encourage them to do something each day. They are at school for around 6 hours a day but the context of learning at school is completely different to that at home. At home we learn life skills, we learn about empathy, we learn about love and what its like to be part of something. That comes from us, the parents. So in my words of wisdom, I am continuing my parental role by encouraging my kids to spend at least 2 hours a day on school work.
Saying that, this new routine is working out really well. They are enjoying the structure and having the chance to share their learning with me as well. I can see what they are doing, how they are doing it and we are also doing cool stuff in between. The biggest thing about all of this is to keep things as normal as possible for them. Its a tough idea to get used to but they are learning self management skills as they work through their tasks as much as we manage our tasks as a mum, a dad, an employee or a home owner/renter. There is always something to be done. Getting the kids involved has helped make things run much smoother.
We have a few more weeks of this to get through, so we are making the best of this new routine!! Hopefully you guys are making the best of it too. If you need some ideas or hints for websites for learning or fun stuff, check out study ladder, epic, prodigy, cool math games. There is something there to keep the kids engaged so you can take a breath.
Take a breath, take a minute for you and remember, you are not alone in this journey! Reach out to someone, we are here to help each other!! We may be social distancing but we are not anti-social!! Take time to appreciate the little things in life…….
Kia kaha friends