Annabel had a great first day of 3rd grade!
I mean, she actually said “I loved it!” at the end. (Maybe that’s what a few months of relative sensory deprivation will do for you!).
Her teacher seems very nice and she (and the district) clearly did a ton of prep work to help the day go smoothly. They started with a Microsoft Teams meeting with a lot of introductory stuff. She had “specials” at 10 am, which meant going to another part of the site and watching some videos. Everything worked like it was supposed to and the site wasn’t terrible to naviagate.
Then, back to the Teams for an interactive math session. The teacher had them do some independent work in their books while remaining available on the screen. The kids interacted via the chat, most of them already used to the format from the spring. I think it did help that many of them also knew each other (at least half were in the double class of 40 kids that A was in last year).
Quite honestly, I was impressed. The day ended at 1 pm instead of 2 (because apparently that’s what “recess” means!) so I took a walk with her outside to celebrate the day.
The only negative was that even though I didn’t have to do much, I still felt like I needed to be available on the very first day, so I sat in her room to provide tech support when needed (which did happen, but not frequently). WELL, apparently this was enough distraction for me that I basically got nothing of substance done.
I don’t regret spending that time, but note to self: significant progress on work projects will never happen while sitting on the floor of a kids’ room half-listening to online school. Oh well. I mean, that probably should have been obvious. Today I have patients, so I definitely will not be sitting in her room. It will be a good test of whether she truly needs much involvement on my end. Several of the kids were participating from a camp like setting (there are a few in the area) without anyone standing over them, so I *think* the idea is that they will be largely independent.
I can’t imagine this would be the case in 1st grade (and I’m still very glad I did not have to go through yesterday with C!) but maybe 3rd will be okay in this format.
(I have no idea when they might even consider going back to physical school in our district but I suspect it’s probably not even on the table until 2021.)
I finished 80 Day Obsession!!!!!! Day 80 in the books. I did take some pix because why not, and while the visible results are not that striking there is NO QUESTION as to whether the program made me stronger. And I would do it again . . . but probably not for a while. (Those were some LONG workouts!).
I will post a full review to come, probably next week. But NOW . . . I’m lost deciding what to do next! I am going to do some 21DF sessions this week, mostly to see if they feel any easier than before. But then what?
Considering: LIIFT4, The Prep, or even trying Madeline Moves (?), or ???. I do want to run again 2x/week or so. I miss it 🙂 Ideas welcome!