Day 28 of Distanced Ed saw the start of Term 2 and the recommencement of home schooling.
The Big Sister was dressed and ready to do battle with her sickly laptop early. I found the Little Sister fully dressed but lingering in the bathroom, accused her of playing (there was a mixture of conditioner and water in a bowl on the sink next to her) and she went to water. Turns out she hadn’t been playing, but trying to pin her SRC badge on straight. She cried about not being able to play with her friends and I decided to use a lighter touch with her during the day.
The Big Sister’s laptop continued it’s march toward the light, so we set up a jumble of office computer and iPad for video conferencing. “Seriously Mum, what kind of a computer doesn’t have a camera?”
The Little Sister’s class had a “what’s been happening over the holidays” chat and her aversion to using ear buds mean her teacher was on loud speaker in the office when he asked if “Yes Day” had applied to Daddy or just the kids. ?
I was well and truly ready when first break rolled around. I made the girls lunch and pikelets for “lunch dessert” (which apparently is a thing now), took two panadol and looking longingly at the bottle Bearhands had left on the kitchen counter from last night.
Session two brought the low point of the day; introducing fractions to the Little Sister while the Big Sister cried tears of frustration because she didn’t have the data she needed to complete the maths problem her teacher had set.
Then reading and PE. Made the kids do the reading, then told them they could have a game of table tennis as PE.
At second break I let them watch 20 minutes of TV. Last session was science for the Little Sister (finally playing to Mummy’s strong suit) and a class zoom for the Big Sister where she learned no one had been able to complete the maths problem.
Finished a bit early, so after the Little Sister finished recording herself identifying the states of matter in a glass of soft drink at great length “I want to show I really understand it Mum” we drove the dodgy laptop to school.
Learned that the “smart key” in my car has not performed well in isolation, so sat with the car running for an hour and forty minutes while the school’s IT section performed CPR to her laptop and revived it long enough to copy its contents to another device.
Dinner was butter chicken and spinach dahl served with a side of lego masters.
Was moved to designed a new logo for Distanced Ed before bed. If, like me, you’ve had enough learning for one day, the latin translates to “I tried.”