November 19, 2020
Virtual School: Week 11

It was International Children's day this week, so both Matthew and Amelia's class had special days on Thursday. Matthew had a pj week and movie in the afternoon, while Amelia had a special party. All the kids had to decorate and come up with ideas for making the day special, like getting dressed up, making paper flowers and "serpentines". Michael was invited to participate as well.


It was a short week (PD day on Friday), coupled with party on Thursday, so I didn't really do much in the way of learning stations. Still, we had books, costumes for dressup, paint, and the giant house with kitchen stuff from a few weeks ago also was still getting a lot of play.


Amelia's class was learning about human rights all week. She is skeptical and a little disbelieving that children don't have a "right" to a car, but accurately identified education, play, food, water and shelter as basic rights.


It was colder this week but that did not stop Amelia from continuing to practice her new biking skills or Michael from scootering. There was also a ton of special stories at the library because it was storyteller's week, so Michael and Amelia (and sometimes Matthew) joined in for a special online story in both English and French every day.


One of the best parts of virtual school is the informal learning that takes place between siblings, such as Matthew reading books to his siblings (and trying to teach them how to read themselves!) or Elizabeth helping Matthew with his work (so that he can hurry up and log off to play with her!).


Matthew continues to have ample spare time, so the big news this week is that we agreed for him to start doing forest school with another family! They will spend two half days together outdoors and masked in Richlieu forest in Vanier. An excellent teacher is facilitating their learning. Our goal is mainly to have Matthew speak and hear a great deal more French than seems possible in school. We were very happy to find this opportunity to connect with another family and teacher who are both being extremely covid-wise. The teacher is in contact with someone vulnerable so asked to know how we are living. We are pretty careful and it's great to find a situation that isn't more risk than we want to take on.


Elizabeth had a special meet with kids from multiple virtual classes and one in person class in Montreal this week as a follow-up to the special galaxy nature art project they've been doing. Usually they need to leave the camera off when there are so many kids in the meet, but Elizabeth was one of four students in her class chosen to present. She was quite enthused that she got to keep it on. She continues to make a meal once a week and was happy to go to karate once again in person for her bo class. She's supposed to be doing her reading in "unusual" places and positions this month.

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