Somewhere Beyond the Sea

Day 9

I spiralled down a rabbit hole of news coverage this morning. I’ve actually been doing pretty well not doing that so far, but today that came crashing down. Also, I have a terrible chest cold and am generally miserable, so I am not sleeping well.  And before you ask, no I don’t have the virus. I have no fever at all, I can smell and taste, I can breathe. I just have terrible allergies and cold like symptoms and the weather has been so icky that opening the windows to air out the house is not possible.  So basically I’m a ton of fun to be around today. Makes perfect sense that I would succumb to a few hours of the “world is going to end”; “the U.S. is doomed”; “we are all going to die” programming. I’ll pull myself out of it soon, but that’s where I am mentally right now.

Here’s our schedule for today:


Of course, the times are subjective – we actually aren’t going to probably get started until 11. The princess is not feeling it this morning and I’m not feeling like the fight.  BUT she is excited that we have a science block scheduled and that I put math games on the schedule instead of more traditional worksheets. My goal in all this is to just keep the slide from happening – I’m not equipped to actually train her in most math concepts, but I can make sure that the math facts and principles she already has don’t dessert her. That and making sure that she keeps moving, reading and experiencing new things is really all I’m equipped to do at this point.  If, for some reason too scary to contemplate, this homeschool thing would have to extend further, then I would need to reassess that plan and perhaps move into a more concrete curriculum. We are doing our best today and there isn’t much more we can be expected to do. 

The 4th grade classes from Arden’s school are scheduled to take a field trip to Chicago on May 1st.  One of the places they are supposed to visit is Shedd Aquarium. She has really been looking forward to the trip, but as more and more things are getting cancelled, it is very likely this trip will as well.  I think she knows that in her mind, but is clinging to the hope that it will still happen. To help mitigate this disappointment, I was excited to find that Shedd does videos of their animals and shares some information about them through their website.  So this week, we will be visiting virtually. Here’s the link if anyone is interested.

I’m hopeful that things will make a dramatic turn towards the positive and she will get to go on this trip – but if not, this is at least something fun to watch and “escape” the house for a few minutes.

News of the Day: Global coronavirus cases surpassed 395,000 to date, with more than 17,000 deaths.

In the United States, there have been more than 46,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 600 deaths.

The World Health Organization said the United States has the “potential” of becoming the epicenter of the virus.

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed until 2021.

Plan for the Day: Math, reading and science and then Momma is going to lay down for a while.  Clean the kitchen (I feel like all I do is wash dishes – because we are eating all our meals here and we don’t have a dishwasher.) My hands are always washed! 

See you tomorrow!


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