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Friday, April 3, 2020

Corona Statistics you don't see on the News!

One of several daily Zoom calls for schooling and contact with long-lost friends

Daily average statistics of our home quarantine 

Hours parsing WhatsApps groups to figure out daily school assignments: 3
Daily homeschooling assignments completed: .4 out of 12 (with luck)
Pencils gone missing or broken: 10 (yes, per day)
Zoom calls (for children): 4
Sheets of paper lost to doodling, drawing and "art" work: 36
Meals consumed by three children: 65
Food micro-particles swept off the floor: 1.57 million
Hours spent dish washing: 2
Furniture items damaged to varying degrees: 1
Hours spent putting toys away again: 4
Minutes spent in fresh air outside: 19
Sibling fights broken up: 85
Cases of coronavirus at home: 0
Cases of high blood pressure: 2

During time out in our 100-meter perimeter.
The forced labor includes Lucas reading to his non-attentive audience
and the rest of us decorating the forlorn path less traveled these days.

Corona Fallout: 'Home Sheltering' and Remote 'Learning'

Me outside during yard time
In the irony of what has come to be known as "home sheltering," the home itself has found itself in a situation that is the exact opposite of shelter since everything inside it - from food to furniture - has become an endangered species.

As we hunker down for the interminable and indefinite future within the confines of our apartment, we fear all of our magic markers will run dry, that the entire stuffing will come out of that shiny new rip in our sofa, that the coils in daddy and mommy's bed will lose their spring due to our jumping and that our academic progress will be stunted beyond repair thanks to our new teachers (our parents, bless their hearts). My glasses, which I broke in a dazzling act right before the corona-shutdown, remain unfixed and unused. Our school shirts have been retired. And we drift casually from nighttime to daytime pajamas at some point in a 24-hour period.

If everything else fails in homeschooling... least we will be able to use our heads for something! 
Homeschool sports - on Zoom
Homeschool showoff 
Perhaps our fears are misplaced and we should be more concerned about the coronavirus seeping through our four walls. But for now we are too busy to add fear to our checklist. Hence, fewer blogs. On a positive note, maybe we can learn how to use the damaged wooden furniture to make paper. Now that would be what I call homeschooling.

When parks just won't do... because they are off limits! Boredom is the new mother of invention.