Smart Hens Make Smart Chicks

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by TaterTot, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    @Fitz and anyone else.

    I know C is younger than M but still pretty close!
    Here are things we’re doing daily:
    Zoo phonics

    this is basically a lady that reads your kids books. Great for when you need to work.

    silly songs kids like to dance to:

    We also do an arts project/pre writing(this one maybe to old for him)

    For what it’s worth, I also feel like I’m not doing enough. These are survival times though.
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  2. user63

    user63 Chicken

    S finished her school work and my kids have been eating a lollipop and watching YouTube for an hour while I finally get my work done. :shrug: D was such a trooper this morning. I couldn't really do much with him since I was so busy trying to do my things and help S. The sweet kid just walked around with a shopping basket full of Duplo blocks and a toy baby. He's so good when he's good. Bless his baby soul.
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  3. user4350

    user4350 Chicken

    @Fitz one activity I found that would fill more time for E was to lay out a shower curtain liner (unused, obvi) or an old bedsheet I didn’t care about and put paint supplies and paper, easel, etc in the middle and let her do her thing, stripped down to her diaper or with a smock. Also sensory bins with rice i food coloured and little toys and scoops (also good to use shower curtain or sheet under this to contain mess and not have to sweep every little piece)

    For anyone with littles starting letters, numbers, word sounds etc Preschool Prep on YouTube was a fantastic tool for us. There’s a big variety of videos they have going from the basics to blends, math, etc. E also loves Patty Shukla on YouTube and she does songs with sign language.

    eta - the Patty videos aren’t just sign language, the alphabet song with signs was just the one E got really into. She does a whole bunch of different songs and dances
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
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  4. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    I've got paints coming from Target, so that will be good. Our childcare sharing is ending tomorrow - little F's mom had been away taking care of F's grandfather abroad, but they're returning to the US with grandfather and clearly none of us want to be exposed to airport/airplane germs unnecessarily. May be easier to work on some kind of schedule with only C.
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  5. user63

    user63 Chicken

    S's school sent a short survey asking for feedback on how distance learning is going so far. One of the questions is if we think the workload is too heavy. It's only a yes or no question though :/ It's so hard to answer. On one hand, this might be what school looks like for the rest of the year. This is her education right now. So it has to have substance. On the other hand, it's really stressing me out. Multiple Zoom meetings is such a challenge while juggling other responsibilities. And her working from home is a challenge to her too, because her attention span just isn't there. We don't have a quiet space for her to work. To her, it feels like homework all day long. Nobody wants that. I really can't wait for "spring break" but I am absolutely dreading the idea of having to do this for the entire month of May and June, if it comes to that :/
  6. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    @Apples&Oranges If it makes you feel better there are parents out there doing jack shit. Part of me is like I mean no shade, I can’t imagine trying to teach E real school while WFH instead of just regular play learning stuff. But at the same time, I have to think we would be trying. You’re doing an amazing job even if it doesn’t feel like it. The expectation definitely can’t be to be the equivalent of real uninterrupted school. There is just no way in hell to juggle it all at once.
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  7. user63

    user63 Chicken

    Thanks. Her teacher is definitely very understanding and is trying to be as flexible as possible. But at the same time, S's "grades" are going to be dependent on her work, so I'm worried if she slacks now on my account, it's going to reflect badly on her. Not that one semester of 1st grade makes a difference.

    Honestly, her science teacher is the one im most annoyed with right now. She has science twice a week and both times they had to read a long, boring nonfiction digital book, and then using google docs, fill out answers to some questions. That is not at all age appropriate. She cant type, so I had to do it for her. And there is no way they are going to understand all the content on those books after just one read through. And that's with S being a strong reader. I'm 100% certain that she could find better science content for young kids for free.
  8. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    That...seems like overkill to me but I am no teacher.

    Any teacher giving a 6(?) year old a bad grade right now can suck a lemon. How are they possibly evaluating this besides pass/fail? Plus what about all the parents working right now away from the kids? Or parents who don’t speak English? I know kids still need school and obviously learning is important but this seems crazy.
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  9. hellohelloagain

    hellohelloagain Chicken

    I'm not a teacher either, and I get it's difficult times, but yeah... when places like Scholastic are offering 3 weeks worth of free activities, you'd think the science teacher could find activities more age appropriate.

    Makes me wonder what science is like normally?
  10. user63

    user63 Chicken

    So for this particular teacher, the grade she gets is dependent on the work quality- ex. if she answers the 5 main questions, she gets a meets standards or something. If she answers one extra question, she gets above standard, and 2 extra she gets exceeds standards. It's ridiculous. So far the other "grades" have just been a completion thing. I have no idea what people do who have to go to work, or who dont speak English (there is an ENL teacher and class, so not sure if they help?) It's all super crazy.

    I explained to S's teacher my feelings on all of this, and she said she is going to try to adjust some things for this week. We'll see. I know she is genuinely trying and really doesn't want to overwhelm the kids.
  11. user63

    user63 Chicken

    @hellohelloagain same! S told me she already read this book, so clearly it wasn't something new exactly. She said the teacher usually reads it to them. I read to her for as long as I could stand it and just stopped to finish the worksheet that didn't require the entire book- only one page.
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  12. user63

    user63 Chicken

    She had a Zoom meeting at 10 that lasted 40 minutes. She has another one at 12. Then one at 1. and another at 1:45. When is she supposed to actually get any work done??? :angry:
  13. Comet

    Comet Instigator

    Damn, S has more meetings in a day than I do.
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  14. user63

    user63 Chicken

    Luckily her teacher cancelled the 1oclock. Art teacher said going forward that the meetings arent mandatory. The technology teacher's meeting was a joke. Couldn't hear her. She didn't mute kids. She just did screen view of Google slides to walk the kids through the project. 6 years will NEVER remember all of that. S told me in computer class at school that the only things they do are play (educational) games. :angry:
  15. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I feel like she shouldn't be teaching a technology class then. Pretty sure all we did in computer class at that age was play Number Munchers and All the Right Type if that.
  16. user63

    user63 Chicken

    The school goes up to 8th grade so I'm guessing she just doesn't know how to teach younger grades.
  17. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I was referencing her not muting the kids and such. You'd think the tech teacher would be the most capable of handling distance learning tools.
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  18. user63

    user63 Chicken

    Oh, yeah, that too. I'm going to try to give her the benefit of the doubt on that one because up until today, we were all using Zoom, but today school admins wanted teachers to try Google Hangouts Meet (it sucked). I'm not sure what it looks like from the host side, but it was pretty bare bones and terrible from our side. Theyre going back to Zoom after today. The art teacher was able to mute kids one at a time, but wasn't able to unmute them it seemed. Whooo knows.
  19. user63

    user63 Chicken

    I know this is dumb and there are way bigger problems out there, but I just got a recorded message from S's school that the city has cancelled spring break and I feel like I'm going to cry. That was the only "break" from this madness for the foreseeable future and now they're taking it.
  20. user4030

    user4030 Chicken

    @Apples&Oranges I don’t think that’s dumb at all, and I’m so sorry. I’m so excited for spring break and I don’t have a kid yet to really complicate trying to WFH.
  21. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Ugh that sucks. Considering S's busy schedule, it sounds like all the kids could use a break.
  22. user63

    user63 Chicken

    Apparently it's an executive order from Cuomo because they're worried that too many people will break social distancing and try to travel. I have no idea how this will work. Plus what about teachers? They weren't off for the week schools closed prior to distance learning. They were in the school buildings getting everything ready. I can't imagine the teacher union will be too happy if teachers are being forced to work an extra week without some some sort of alternative plan. I'm hoping Cuomo addresses this more later today because I really need details. Also, as of now, the original school reopening of April 20th hasn't been extended but I know they'll have to. Uugh. I dont even mind teaching my students over Spring Break. I just dont want to teach S :/
  23. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith Staff Member

    Maybe they’ll just end school a week earlier for the year then, effectively moving that week off to the end of the year.
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  24. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    My programmer husband set up Fry’s remote learning thing today, which was Skyward and Microsoft Teams. I felt like an idiot for having difficulty with it when I tried, but feel vindicated that he said it was the most complicated login he’d ever done in his life.

    On the bright side, we can now see all the stuff Fry’s teachers posted, including videos of them singing songs and doing story time. During the few in-person interactions we had with his favorite teacher, she always came across as a bit grumpier than the other ones. I always found it sort of funny that she was his favorite. After watching the teacher videos, I see why he loves her. The lady rocks the preschool songs and choreography like no other.
    Last edited: May 1, 2020
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  25. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Fry’s class is doing their first Zoom meeting. Seeing preschoolers each show and tell their favorite toy is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

    Fry of course showed his favorite toy beaver (Timber), in its Tupperware beaver dam.
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