November 27, 2020
Virtual School: Week 12

We had our first big snow this week. The kids were very excited to go sledding as the plow hadn't been by yet. Sadly the sidewalk plow came just as we were going out the driveway so I ended up running in front of the plow for the first block and then we gave up and went on the road. Elizabeth and Matthew amused themselves playing "sled dog". Amelia did her class outside again because there was no way she or Michael were going to come in.


It continued snowing during the day so we were able to actually go skiing down the sidewalk before lunch. Originally I was going to go to the SJAM or the Arboretum but Matthew really wanted to say he went skiing from our house and Elizabeth was worried about being back in time so we just skiied to the sledding hill and then did some sledding and skiing into the pond. We were slightly late coming back to class, to Elizabeth's great dismay. That did not stop her from lobbying to take Thursday off "as a PD day" when she discovered Matthew's new Thursday schedule is mostly outdoors. I told her that was fine and she decided to go to school. LOL.


At forest school Matthew and his friend built an enormous snow dragon and played distanced football. They apparently also looked at tracks in the snow and made ice sculptures. They had snow, ice and rain but that didn't stop Matthew from hugely enjoying himself. Forest school apparently doesn't count as school because it's too much fun. Matthew apparently is dreaming of becoming an engineer in order to go live on another planet.


In virtual school, Matthew's teachers assigned a mosaic art project. I say teachers plural because Matthew was given the same project twice. We just submitted the same art twice because he did not enjoy doing it enough to do it twice. In french class they are doing more reading. In math they are doing congruence of geometrical figures. Matthew: "Finally! Something new! It's still easy but at least it's new!"


Violin lessons continue, although certainly it is more challenging to do them remotely (especially for Matthew!). They are working on correct positioning, especially with holding the violin with your chin and not your arm.


Kindergarten stations this week: Puppets, tents, playmobile, obstacle course, puzzles, books. The theme given to the fairies was "farm animals" because Amelia's class is talking about the famous St Albert painted cows.


Reading in unusual places continued for Elizabeth. She very much enjoyed the last couple of books I brought home from the library, devouring several hundred pages in only two days. They've got a music project this week as well. She had to create a percussion instrument out of found materials and invent a rhythm. She says there was a note naming exercise as well but it was "ridiculously easy" and "not worth talking about". In gym they are doing some kind of group project where each group sets what the other kids have to do for physical exercise. Elizabeth's group is doing just dance routines, which apparently don't count as "real exercise" but "at least it's not boring".

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