We continue to try to at least keep the concept of learning alive for the kids, doing a little bit of something with them every morning. After a huge battle over the literacy app on Friday morning, Lemon and I tried just having him read aloud to me from a book this morning, and that went much better. We learned about several types of concept cars that never entered commercial production. More importantly, no fighting and no sadness. Of course, we still have to keep making progress in the app but I'm hoping mixing things up a little will make it less painful on the days where we do try to do the app. We shall see.
Meanwhile, Papa Bear continues to work with Lime on learning to read. If he is to be the only kindergartener in the one-room schoolhouse (ie, our living room) with only a bunch of second graders for company, he will need to get up to speed quickly. Fortunately he's a pretty quick study and he does not like to be left behind, so I think actually the challenge of having the bigger kids around will be a good environment for him. And I'd rather him have some other kids around instead of just the virtual interactions with his classmates and teacher. Having had an unusual kindergarten experience myself (in a foreign country where I did not speak the language at the beginning of the school year) I have faith in the adaptability of kids. In another decade, this will just be a good story that he can tell his buddies, about the year he spent at home with the big kids.
Other than these school related musings, it was another pretty typical quarantine week. The garden continues to be a great source of entertainment, and we mixed things up with a socially distant trip to McDonalds.I ordered a 10-lb box of jelly beans for myself, so that should get me at least through the end of the summer, I'm thinking (jelly beans being a foundational element of both marathon training and sanity maintenance, it's all inter-connected). Hope all of you are keeping well out there, we miss all of you and hope we can be together again soon.