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    We need the pretend horror emoji for that census one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    I Wouldnt say that the parents putting their kids in front of a screen with educational content are homeschooling... homeschooling takes parental intent. (I dont think taking online classes excludes someone from being a homeschooler... but if the parent isnt overseeing the learning - theyre expecting it to all be done between the kid and computer - thats not really homeschooling.)
    Excellent distinction here, AM. I couldn't agree more. Homeschooling is intentional and parents are motivated by the desire to decide how they want their children to be educated. The problem with public school is that from the get-go, they separate the parents from their children and train those parents to be passive regarding how their children are educated. I remember DS's former public school painting lines where parents were told not to cross when the bell rang. Public schools technically feel like they own your children during the hours that school is in session. We were also not encouraged to talk to their teachers. If we had a question or concern, we had to communicate with the school office first. When I think of these monstrous policies, I'm so kiss the ground thankful I took DS out.

    DS had time to develop a lot of hobbies and interests, so self-isolation and spending prolonged time with his parents isn't a problem. But I imagine it to be a very jarring experience for all the kids and parents who are suddenly forced together. In So Cal especially, there are so many theme parks, entertainments, sports and restaurants to distract people that now that all these things are suspended, they are in a state of shock. One of my neighbors told me that he took his kids to the beach today. I asked him if it was crowded. He said it was packed and that it was so wonderful to see all those people....

    I heard the boy next door whine, "Mom, I'm SO BORED!" This, after she invited some of his friends over. And grandpa keeps coming over.

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    Inmom, I laughed so hard at the census and two spaces jokes! I'm a serious grammar and style nerd.
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    Hey all. We are doing well here. My last day at my job (before we move in May) was Friday so I am home with our girls again for a while. I already feel like I need something to do thismorning, but waking up without an alarm was priceless. I have also seen the articles popping up about homeschoolers to the rescue now that so many kids are home. The recognition is nice, but I feel for all the families that were just tossed into this situation.
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    Hi all, we are here, been a bit awol for a while with busyness that just got busier. Start of the year, then dog got sick (has untreatable cancer in his jaw but it was a lengthy—and expensive—process to get to that diagnosis), and then as you all know, Covid19.

    We are under full lockdown here in NZ. No shops open except those that are essential to life. This is only supermarkets for food. No cafes, no fruit/veg stores, no butchers, no bakeries, no takeout food, no liquor stores (unless you live in an area where liquor cannot legally be sold in a supermarket). Pharmacies are open but only allow customers in one at a time for essentials. Same with vet (and some consults done over phone or they take the animal in and you stay outside). We are to stay at home and can only use the car to go to supermarket or a medical appointment. If we exercise, it has to start and finish at home (i.e., cannot drive to go for a walk somewhere else).

    Hoping it works. The science is moving pretty fast. So I am hoping they get a treatment that works to stop people getting so ill/dying, and a rapid test that people can administer at home so they can know if they need to self-quarantine. A vaccine is the long-term kind of thing.

    Hope all are well!
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    Oh, and all schools shut here too. After all this, I am not looking forward to everyone being a homeschool expert. I am imagining a cacophony of "homeschooling did not work for my kid, they were so bored", "it was so much work and I could not do it" etc. because they were not actually homeschooling and yes of course their kids were bored and difficult to entertain.

    Our initial planned lockdown period (4 weeks) includes 2 weeks of public school term time and 2 weeks of school break. We are planning to homeschool right through it all so that when it is all over, we can have school break with the ability to actually go somewhere. Even if it is just a walk at the beach, which we can't do right now because we would have to drive to get there, which is not allowed.
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    Inmom, I love the double space one!

    , as an editor, it is right up my alley. I own the giant tome that is the hardcopy of The Chicago Manual of Style and consult the online version multiple times per week. I also frequently encounter double spaces in text from Asian authors, don't know why grammatically/formatting wise, but maybe they were just being good all the time and practicing social distancing
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    Hi all, we are here, been a bit awol for a while with busyness that just got busier. Start of the year, then dog got sick (has untreatable cancer in his jaw but it was a lengthy—and expensive—process to get to that diagnosis), and then as you all know, Covid19.

    We are under full lockdown here in NZ. No shops open except those that are essential to life. This is only supermarkets for food. No cafes, no fruit/veg stores, no butchers, no bakeries, no takeout food, no liquor stores (unless you live in an area where liquor cannot legally be sold in a supermarket). Pharmacies are open but only allow customers in one at a time for essentials. Same with vet (and some consults done over phone or they take the animal in and you stay outside). We are to stay at home and can only use the car to go to supermarket or a medical appointment. If we exercise, it has to start and finish at home (i.e., cannot drive to go for a walk somewhere else).

    Hoping it works. The science is moving pretty fast. So I am hoping they get a treatment that works to stop people getting so ill/dying, and a rapid test that people can administer at home so they can know if they need to self-quarantine. A vaccine is the long-term kind of thing.

    Hope all are well!
    Your lockdown is much more strict than ours, at least in my state. Carry out is still available, there are no restrictions on number of people in stores, although many establishments have set special shopping hours for the elderly/health compromised. Parks are still open for exercise if you observe the social distancing rules, but playground equipment is closed.

    Some people here are having a hard time with this. Chicago's mayor had to direct the police force to patrol parks and the Lake Michigan lakeshore path to keep people from congregating.

    On the other hand, locally people were calling the police because their neighbor was in the back yard, and not in the house.

    Overall, though, I've seen a lot of positive: people getting food for those unable to go out, families taking in kids of those in the medical field so the kids don't inadvertently get exposed, etc.
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    I agree NZ - I'm also bracing myself for all the negative "homeschooling is _________, because _________" posts.

    They just closed schools here for the year - which is around Memorial Day. I've already seen dozens of posts requesting "an all-in-one or completely online" curriculum blow up the local home school site.
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    So sorry to hear about your dog, NZ.

    NZ sounds much stricter than here, where “essential” includes outdoor workers (road construction and landscaping have been visible), and convenience stores, and about everything that can think of a way to be essential. Even the local quilt shop has curbside purchasing for a couple hours each day. (When you need something to finish your quilt.... and you have to get groceries anyway...)

    Looking at the coronavirus maps, it does look like what California has been doing has been working... the big clusters in the US seem to be in places that didnt bother with these measures.

    Id like to go get some lettuce for growing, as well as some herbs.... not sure if garden shops are considered essential or not. Home Depot would have them, because they have essential house supplies.... Im not sure what to do. The local nursery would seem less germy, and it would be helping local business. Maybe they do take-out. (I already looked through my stash of seeds....)

    Staying home isnt bad... but it seems any home improving projects require supplies from stores. Even decluttering is limited by no charity shops to donate to and the capacity of our trash can.

    I did finish a baby quilt.... and nobody else I know is pregnant, so I should be safe for a while. This one I made to match the nursery’s wallpaper.
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