OH MY GOD.
I am so sick of screaming children!
Dorothy has been losing her shit AT LEAST once but usually more than once a day, which then agitates Cooper. Harry and Jack are OK, although I notice Harry is extremely crabby in the morning if he wakes up and watches the news, so we have asked him not to watch it, which seems to help. Both of them have their phones and text and face time their friends, so I think it's just a little easier for them to still feel engaged,
I reached a breaking point yesterday when Cooper's teacher sent an overwhelming email about e-learning which starts for K-12 on Monday. He needs us to go to at least 3 separate places everyday and use 3 apps, one of which I have never even heard of, and I burst into tears. I ended up emailing him and the principal and saying basically, that's too much work for me as a working parent with multiple kids, and I need a very simple email (not google classroom-- I cannot go one more other place) with the minimum work Cooper needs to complete each week to advance to third grade.
I am working full time. Ben is working full time. We have been doing school every weekday this whole time, but I am not going to be able to manage all of this stuff for every kid.
We are living in a magical quarantine land of plenty-- plenty of food. Plenty of money. Plenty of space. Plenty of streaming TV services and premium movie channels on cable. Plenty of computers. And just enough time to juggle all the balls we have in the air. We are extremely lucky, and I know that, but even under these best of circumstances, the second grade ask was too much.
HOW ABOUT FAMILIES WITHOUT THE RESOURCES WE ENJOY?
The district sent this ridiculous, overreaching infographic about an ideal school day that made me have panic-attack breathing:
I think our teachers are amazing, and the creative out-of-the-box thinking they are bringing to learning in the time of COVID-19 is wonderful. But I think they are getting some truly idiotic pressure from the district which can't seem to grasp that not every child is an only child and not every parent can be a full-time educator at home.
I can likely give my kids that exact schedule above in my perfect quarantine, but it still stresses me the eff out. And we are the exception, not the rule.
TL; DR: Tone deaf response from the district made me panic.
But we carried on with our cut rate clothing optional homeschool: