My youngest daughter is having a hard time adjusting to online school. She missed the first five days because she was sick so got behind. The way this program works does not allow for missed days, especially not more than one in a row. They already expect her to do nearly six hours of work every day to stay on target. Because she’s behind, she would likely have to do ten hours every day including weekends for the next three weeks just to catch up. There are no “off” days scheduled in besides weekends.
Each assignment takes three plus hours to complete and there’s a new one every day. I thought she was working on all of this the last two weeks, but apparently, she’s mostly been playing on her phone and ignoring her work because it’s impossible to catch up.
I emailed the director of the program and her teacher about how it would be impossible for her to catch up based on the the number of assignments and how much work each one requires so now she’s just depressed and constantly anxious. They said they’d look into it.
In the meantime, I told her she now has to come downstairs to do schoolwork in the morning instead of just sitting in her room where she’s distracted by her phone every few seconds.
So now my schedule looks like this:
6:30am – wake up, get dressed, make bed, go to the bathroom, etc.
6:45am – make coffee, do dishes while coffee is being made.
7am-7:30am – either sit in my room sipping coffee to wake up or clean the kitchen
7:50am – get Jack to log into his Zoom meeting
8am-10am – Jack does his Zoom meetings, I work on my laptop (hopefully doing some writing)
10am – take my pills, wake Nora, get Jack started on homework
11am – start making lunch while also helping Jack and making sure Nora is doing her work
11:15/11:30am – have lunch sometime around this time (Jack is usually done with homework by the time lunch is over)
12:30pm (Mondays/Wednesdays) – get Jack to log into Zoom for his small group meetings)
12:30-1pm – make sure Jack pays attention to his meeting while getting Nora to do her work
1pm – Jack is done with school usually; Nora takes a half hour break after three hours of work
2pm – my husband gets home from work; Nora and I go up to my room so she’s not distracted by the TV
2pm-4:30pm – keep Nora working on her afternoon assignments, helping as needed
4:30-5:30pm – cook dinner
So basically, I’m going to be doing something from 6:30am until 6pm every day. While also being severely depressed because my meds don’t seem to be working much and having chronic fatigue that has been getting worse each week.
I doubt I can keep this up for very long. Last week, I took a nap almost every day right after lunch because I was so exhausted.
Here’s us working during lunch today. Jack across the table from me working on an art project while Brenna works at the PC and Nora works on her Chromebook in the living room.