It seems like years ago that we were in BC times…you know…Before Covid? On March 12, Ann Arbor Public Schools (along with most other schools across the country) announced they would be closing for three weeks. Three weeks! Okay…cool. I was pregnant with my fourth child in my third trimester running a business that was 100% in person. I could handle three weeks….right?! I made a ‘lesson plan’ and told myself every morning “you got this!” We all know how this story goes. 3 weeks turned into the end of April, then May, then through the 2020 school year, and now we are all living in TBD purgatory.
Spring learning was a disaster. As our amazing teachers struggled to adjust to remote learning, with only those three weeks to prepare, our children struggled with the mental adjustment. In my house, there were lots of tears….mostly by me…but also by my first grader. He refused to do his homework 90% of the time. There was no interaction with friends or even his teacher, and logging in to find his daily assignments was torture. Finally, one day I gave up fighting him. We ended up 3 weeks behind until my mom (a former 3rd grade teacher for 30+ years) came into town before I gave birth and got him caught up. There were many more tears…by both of them. I think he broke her.