We are living through a once in a lifetime (hopefully!) experience. I plan to document as much as possible in my Stuck at Home Quarantine Journal!
Stuck at Home Quarantine Journal: How Many Letters Are In the Alphabet?
Just when I think I may be getting in the swing of things and planning for this week, I start reading some notes from teachers.
Now the kindergartner should be the easiest, right? I mean it’s freaking kindergarten. I ate Cheerios and got stickers for sticking to my new motto no licking, no picking. Meaning, you don’t pick your nose, or other body parts, and you don’t put your dirty fingers in your mouth. If you could go a full day and abide by no licking, no picking, you graduated. That’s it. Move on.
Fast forward to 2020, and now we have to teach kids and adults no licking, no picking. For the love of all that is holy.
Anyway, I start reading notes from the kindergarten teacher (whom I absolutely adore), and there is a note in there of things we can work on with Brian. Yeah a guideline. I like it.
“Brian is doing so well. He is so polite, and always works well in groups with others”. Now, I should have stopped there and just ignored the rest, because we all know how I feel on that one. But, no. I thought, “it couldn’t get worse, could it?”
“And Brian knows 27 out of 28 of his alphabet.”
The Home School Struggle
Now let me tell you something that really happened. I re-read that sentence about 22 times. 27 out of 28. When did Common Core math apply to the freaking alphabet?! I’m not that old, but dang! When I was little, shoot–forget that, just last week… I was pretty sure there were only 26 letters in the alphabet.
I had to phone a friend and call a lifeline. I poled the room. I even asked the college kid what the hell did I miss in the world. So, I finally got a response from the teacher. Two of the lower case letters are actually in there twice because of common typeface they have to recognize them two ways. Like the lower case “a.”
Ok, so the next thing we can work on with him is Rhyme Time. Apparently, Brian doesn’t quite get the concept of rhyming sometimes. So we are going full on Dr. Seuss up in this house.
A Quarantine Journal Records the Funny Moments, Too!
Picture it: sitting in the living room, all around the dinner table. Rhyming. Asking Alexa about songs, and just having a good time.
When, out of the clear blue, my son just starts saying corn but with a “p” at the beginning.
Over, and over, and over.
I finally get him to stop, and he said we are having corn, and it rhymes with porn. So we had to explain to him that it is a no-no word. If he decides to use that word during a rhyming game at Grandma and Grandpa’s when we are allowed over for dinner again, we will not be staying for dessert, or allowed back over for a while–and possibly will need to call the paramedics for Grandma!
So the kindergarten kiddo may be the one to break me before I really even dive into the 9-year-old, or the high schooler.
FUN THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU’RE STUCK AT HOME
- Check out these kids education websites offering free subscriptions.
- Help your kids learn how to make bubbles at home!
- My kids are obsessed with these active indoor games.
- These crafts for kids are so fun and easy!
- Learn how to make headbands with buttons.
- Make reading even more fun with this PB kids summer reading challenge.
- You won’t believe why parents are gluing pennies on shoes.
- Rawr! Here are some of our favorite dinosaur crafts.
- Get kids off technology and back to basics with learning worksheets you can print at home.
- Make being stuck at home fun with our favorite indoor games for kids.
- Have fun coloring our awesome Fortnite coloring pages.
- Make a batch of these Edible Harry Potter Wizard Wands, with this recipe from The Nerd’s Wife, and then have a Harry Potter movie marathon!
- Your will love these fun halloween games for kids!
How is online study going in your house? Comment below!