Update: Virtual School

Hope you are all well ❤️.

I thought I would share how our online learning (Remote Learning) is going now that we are one month in. I have two kids in Elementary and two in High School. Let’s begin with the Elementary, Madison grade 3 and Ava grade 5. In all honestly I am very happy with theirs. Their teachers are great and it is much different from online school this past Spring. They are actually learning, the teachers are amazing with helping when need be, the lessons are get and well planned out, there is real interaction with the teachers and students/classmates. The teachers really worked hard in the start to get to know each student and also teach the kids (more for my grade 3) how to work Google Classroom with less help from parents. We do run into tech issues at times, but it is not often and if ever the meet link isn’t allowing kids to get on, the teachers have made other ways to still be able to learn lessons and get work done. We have a great morning routine and are now in full swing of weekday routines with school and around school (breaks,etc..).

Our board (as many others) have announced a change in learning, we had to deicide again what learning way we want for our kids. I was really stressed out about it because they are doing great just the way they are and have settled in, love their teachers and now again another change is to come. For my elementary kids our decision was due this past Sunday, I have made the decision to have them in strictly Remote Learning. I made this decision due to I personally think it would be very hard for online kids in younger grades to be able to do Hybrid learning. This opinion of mine is no hate towards any teachers, just want to put that out there. I believe it will be hard for these online kids to get exactly what they need as they are currently getting. The teacher in class teaching both online and in class is a big task and I give them all the praise for even trying and making it work the best they can. It’s lot to take on, he/she has to give attention to both those online and those in person. I just don’t know how this will work well, I also don’t believe that it will be smooth sailing and that there will be a lot of tech issues due to how many will be on that same server. I do realize that in selecting that choice my kids are not able to return to school if we want to switch. They remain remote for the remaining of the year until June 30th, 2021. Thankfully I am in a position where I can have my kids at home and be at home with them and that is why I am also able to pick these options. I shared our school room at home from the Spring. I did change having the girls together this time around because of how it would be more like a classroom learning this time. Madison, my grade 3 continues in that school room that I shared and Ava, my grade 5 got another area in our home setup with everything she would need.
What have you deicided? Are you kids in school? How do you feel?

Now, let’s get into High School, with my other two I was very stressed out with the continued delays to their start date, not having teachers, unable to start courses at the same time as the first, and still some classes having to be changed due to no teacher. I get it, tough times for all, this is new, etc… What I can’t understand is that the government knew this was going to happen, with all the fear of the second wave put out there long before time, knowing some of the already large numbers from August’s suvery. I also think that August was too late, they should of been planning and getting things ready way before. They were the ones to report of the second wave coming in the Fall way before, they knew and they should of got on it. They delayed getting ready and then made all these choices and threw it at us for us to deicide with so little time as if we weren’t stressed enough from all of it already.
I do believe everyone should have the choice to change to remote, but I don’t believe that in my situation where I submitted my decision in August. It’s not my problem that from one deadline they continued to extend the deadline for more people to join. My problem with this is that they should of already had those families who decided early on in classes with teachers, and when the teachers started being short due to the number of people switching then those should be the ones waiting for a teacher. My daughter has both classes as she was to have, one started way later then the other. Thankfully she has caught up and is doing well. My son who is graduating only had 1 class until last week, I mean come on and to top it off they had to change a course to something that’s not even his pick in order for him to still get a credit. Like what?!? For these issues I just mentioned, this made me think about if I would continue to keep them remote. If we get the option for Highschool (which I think is coming soon) I will select Hybrid for my older kids. One reason, they are much older and can handle to learn that way. Second, there will not be a problem of not being able to get a teacher for the course selected. This way I can still have them do school from home, but have them back into their school with the option of return at any time if this way does not work for us.

2020 sure has been a year, I shared in another post my struggles and emotions. In all honestly I still have my moments, I am not perfect just trying to handle these situations the best I know as so many of us are. There are moments where I am on my game and then all of a sudden back to feeling overwhelmed and unsure. It’s ok to not be ok, and I have learned to accept that. I also, would like to take the time to reach out, if anyone ever needs someone to talk to feel free to email me ishosandy@gmail.com We are all in this together, we will get thru these hard and uncertain times together. You are not alone.

What are your thoughts or/& feeling about all this?

Covid-19 Emotions& Struggles

Hello my friends,

It’s been a while since I have posted on the blog, I hope this post finds you well. I have to admit that my moods have been up and down. I thought I would share some of my struggles and my emotional rollercoaster during this time. There is no right or wrong way on how we are dealing with life right now, everyone’s decision on what they do is what is right for them and their family.

In the beginning of all this, (back in March & beginning of April) I thought I was ok, but as we got more into April, l  realized I was a mess. Consuming way too much news and social media regarding Covid-19. It was affecting my mental health, having a hard time sleeping, and not wanting to do much other then what needed to be done for my family. Anyone else go thru it? I do suffer from Anxiety, which I believe made it easy for me to fall in this hole. I know there are much worse types of Anxiety out there, but just sharing mine. It felt that once Covid hit, so much more happened in our world that is very emotional changeling, we also became aware of so much more, and wanting to learn about it all. That can take a toll on our mental health, so much devastating news on top of a Global Pandemic.

 Once I realized how this was really affecting me, I decided to limit all news (social media & tv) to once a day, usually being around later in the mornings or late afternoon. I started filling up my day with things that took up my time and made me tired so I could get some kind of back to normal sleep. Yup, I started deep cleaning areas that I never had time for, organizing, and looking for new recipes, etc.. on top of trying to keep the kids entertained safe at home.  It took a few days, but it worked and just getting more sleep helped a whole lot. Once that came into place I was able to come up with a new routine and planning more fun things we could do at home and in our neighbourhood. Now, being honest here, we don’t always follow our routine or go by it 100%, but it did help with getting some normal back into our lives. I also experience days were I have it all together and do not feel the impact and then all of a sudden I am not on my game anymore and have those blah day(s) and that’s ok. It’s ok to slow down and let our bodies feel all emotions, get it all out and then get back up again. 

 In realizing that I was not the same person and losing interest in all regular things made me not want to continue in that path. I was feeling miserable no matter what I did. I knew I needed to take control before I couldn’t or get too lost in it where the problem controls you. Don’t get me wrong, everything isn’t great and smooth sailing everyday, but it has improved so much. It was a lot to handle and it was completely normal to go thru these feelings and moods. I do have these nights every so often where I am so tired but can’t sleep, of course with everything happening in the world, not just with Covid-19, also the unknown of things at times,  it is completely normal for that to happen. That fog brain feeling was the worst, couldn’t focus on things, feeling drained, etc… I am glad that I was able to make it happen less. I say less because yes it does happen here and there but at least it wasn’t going on for many days and very often. Did you get fog brain?

Just in case you think I have it all together, I am here to share I don’t. Some days are great and we go with the routine, other days are just go with the flow. I am totally off my blog content game. When I launched this year, I had so many great ideas, events, and content, and was all in.  Then Covid hit and everything was put on hold. I had to work, be a teacher, and everything else. It was a lot and I had to slow down on something. From all this I have learned it’s ok to fall off the line and that we are all in this together. It’s ok to think of the unknown, but to not let it consume my day. Many people that I have come in contacted with on Instagram dm’s or in person are going thru similar up and downs. This is a time for us to deal with each situation as best we can and allow us to step back too. We can plan our days, but we need to know it’s ok if the day doesn’t go as planned or if we end up doing nothing at all. We also need to support each other’s ways or the path others are taking. Everyone is dealing with this the best way they know how and no one’s ways are the same, each family knows what is best for them and their families.

As I wrap this up, I would like you to know if you need to talk to someone I am here. Please feel free to reach out to me by contacting me at ishosandy@gmail.com 

We are all in this together and we will all make it out together. 

Be kind to everyone, you never know what battle they are struggling with.

If you would like to share how this difficult time has been effecting you, or would like to share fun ideas to do during this time I would love to hear them, comment below.