Today marks our first attempt at a homeschool/work schedule since "Spring Break" officially ended. Last week, when we weren't paralyzed with fear, or blowing short fuses with each other, we enjoyed empty beach trips, long neighborhood walks, baking, cooking, movies, audiobooks, exercise youtube videos, and the beautiful spring weather. We also figured out the basics of digital communication for Dave's music teaching practice with Zoom, virtual playdates for our 10 year old with videogames and Skype or WhatsApp, and I freshened up my Google Classrooms.
Here's how the schedule went down today:
7:30-8:30 Breakfast and reading.
9-9:30- Zumba (Some challenging moves, but Ipo and I had fun.)
9:30-10:30- Math packet worksheet.
- WE INTERRUPT THIS SCHEDULE TO MENTION THAT ABOUT 1/10TH OF ONE PAGE WAS COMPLETED DUE TO A VETERAN TEACHER'S ROOKIE MOVE OF NOT SPECIFYING AMOUNT OF WORK TO BE COMPLETED AT END OF TIME FRAME.
10:30-1:30- Virtual playdate w/ pal in Oregon.
1:45-3:45- Lunch, clean bathroom, neighborhood walk.
4-5:30- Virtual playdate w/local pal.
Under normal circumstances, I would cringe at four hours of screen time. As her only option for social contact, I'm willing to experiment a bit.
As I scan what I've written so far, I realize that I'm already falling into the trap of putting the proverbial "oxygen mask" onto my child first, instead of starting with myself. What about my schedule? At the end of the day, I felt the familiar squeeze at the base of my neck and under my shoulder blade that informs the need for self-care.
I'll work on the homeschool schedule and my own over the week and check back in. Like the title of this post....