Monday, March 30, 2020

The COVID-19 Diary #2

I'm having a harder time staying positive today. I'm whacked my schedule. I'm up all night and exhausted all day. The pollen is high. My allergies staged a mutiny, and I only made through 8 minutes and 37 seconds of my 24 minute work out today.
But I didn't want to push it. I can't go to the doctor, because of COVID-19(have to throw that in for context in case this becomes the next Diary of Anne Frank. Yeah, right.) so no no asthma attacks today!
It's the second week of my science of well being course, which I'm actually looking forward to.
Last week because of this course, I learned my greatest strength is my love of learning. (I'd liked my greatest strength to be something more quantifiable but whateverz.)
And to be happier I needed to find 7 ways to use my strength, so I learned:

  1. How to design t-shirts (This was completely accidental. I signed up for an Udemy course on passive income.)
  2.  How to sell t-shirts on merch
  3. How to sell t-shirts on teespring
  4. There is a plug-in for your blog that will automatically build your newsletter.
  5. How to put a class on udemy
  6. Canva has free artwork and fonts for design
  7. Woman's World got a new editor and now has a fb group for writers.
I also paid attention to what I learned and how I learned it.
I had no intention of designing t-shirts but since I'd paid for the class I stuck around for the information. It's actually kind of fun. I'm going to keep doing it until I have 100 designs. By then if I haven't sold one, I'll throw in the towel. I don't feel like a quitter since selling t-shirts was never part of my plan. But there is too much free time right now and it was a fun thing to try.
I learned about the plug in for the blog from a friend. But last week was the first time I sent a newsletter that got a response, so I think I want to keep trying to write them myself at least for a while. If nothing else, it's good practice.

Since we've all been forced into this pre-industrial lifestyle, I want to wear lounge clothes and commit to leisure activities all day then don a sparkling dinner dress every evening and pretend I'm in regency England! 
What are you doing this week?

Monday, March 23, 2020

The COVID 19 Diary #1

I'm taking a FREE class on the science of well being from Yale through Coursera.
If you need to be happier during our bleak time, you can find it here.
And I'm actually thankful for ELF's dance school today. Because of the virtual classes, she got two hours of interaction with other kids.
I managed to do a barre workout but got no writing done. My homeschool endeavors are going well today. As promised, I'll include a picture of tomorrow's checklist in case you're following along at home. I'm relying on ABC Mouse a lot right now. If you need a subscription, you can find that here and they are doing a special for $45/year which you can break into 3 installments of $15. If your child is older, their sister company Adventure Academy is available for the same price right now. (I have a second semester 2nd grader and wish I'd gone with Adventure. I've contacted ABC Mouse to see if I can get switched over, but for now I'm using this.)

How is your isolation going? 
P.S. As part of my course on the science of well being, I need to come up with 7 different ways to use my "signature strength" a love of learning. LOL. Not exactly what I would think of as a strength. Help me out! What are seven different ways (that I can do right now in isolation) to use a love of learning?

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Homeschooling Tips from a Certified Teacher

Confession. I was forced into homeschooling this week just like everyone else.
I have no idea if I'm doing it right anymore than anyone else does.
But a few people have told me they enjoyed my homeschooling posts on FB, and I am a teacher, so I thought I'd share what I'm doing and invite you to follow along.

Here are my tips:

  • Kids need structure. Yes, even right now. But that can vary from family to family and even kid to kid so do what works for you. Just be consistent. I use a daily checklist. She knows where to find it. She gets started on her own and checks in with me after each task. If you feel an hour to hour or even block schedule works best for you do it. Just do the same thing every day.
  • Basics Focus on the basics right now. Unless you're the homeroom mom, chances are you're not quite sure exactly where your kid was in their academic units. (I'm a teacher and even I can't figure out where they stopped to just pick up there.) It's always a good idea to revisit basics, and you can usually find a list of standards they should know by the end of the year on your online. (For example, search 2nd grade common core standards. Some states will use their own lingo but they're pretty much the same.)
  • Use your resources. I think this is funny because it's what we tell the kids. People are posting a ton of things online right now, and there is a lot of free or discounted educational content at the moment so take advantage of it. I'll even post ELF's daily checklists here and you can follow along with us. If you're going to do this, you should know my checklist is designed for a 2nd grader who is WAY above average in ELA/social studies/dance/art and completely average at math. Modify this to fit your kid. 

How is it going?

I hope you're all doing okay, and staying well.
It was hard to get used to such a stark change of pace, but at this point, I'm actually happy to be at home.
I'm homeschooling the ELF (something A LOT of people have been forced into recently) and trying to pick up the writing career I was more or less forced out of when I had to go back to work in 2014. I get it. I know a lot of you write, take care of your kids, and work too. I've never managed to get it together enough for that.
But this is my chance!
I know blogging died a slow and painful death while I wasn't paying attention but I miss it. I think while we're in this retro era we might as well bring it back.
So, if I remember how to find a linky would you guys be interested in an old school, 2010 style blogfest?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Corona Blues, Baby

Really long time no.
Got it.
I hope you're all doing fabulous, staying safe, and keeping your family safe.

I've also got the Corona Blues. Part of me can't help but feel that society, and specifically my country is on the verge of collapse. (Although, it could be argued the collapse of the U.S. started waaay before now.)
Still, my family is healthy. And there are worse things than us being at home together. (I originally wrote that last sentence grammatically correct and realized I sound like an old lady. Teaching English is suffocating my voice.)
Blogging always helped me stay sane. I built so many relationships here, and being home all day again reminds me of the glory years. I've wanted to restart blogging for a long time. But FB has its tendrils in me and can be a hard habit kick.
Now that we're all forced to be home, I have plenty of time to blog and it's just my outlet. I'm back here, baby.
And since I can't work, I'm going to try one more time to get a writing career going.
Third time is the charm?
Or not.
Cornoa's gonna happen anyway.

How are you and your family doing? Is there anything I can help with?