My husband made me cut his hair last week. It was super stressful and he was getting excitable. I actually didn't do a terrible job but definitely not as clean as a hairdresser. But I warned him that he had a "2000s teacher haircut" because he had left his hair long in the front and he said he was going to push it back (which is a look I hate because it makes him look like an old man, but it's a pandemic so I'll deal). Then this weekend he got out the scissors that came with the trim kit to fix up the front, and overdid it a little. I don't understand why people don't realize how short they are cutting. Fortunately this pushed him into doing the messy look which hides a lot. We do clippers with my son because he freaks out in the barber chair. I think he's actually terrified of scissors.
Virtual schooling is making me nuts. Our private school has lost their minds because they are freaking out that the kids will be behind next year. Guess what, so will EVERYONE. Honestly, I don't think school is all that challenging in the first place for my kids so I'm not worried. They're just very comfortable with learning and pick up on concepts very easily. They aren't top of the class or evil geniuses (ok, maybe my son), but they're smart and school isn't a struggle. Reading was a little hard for my daughter, but now I think she's on grade level as long as it isn't a really long word. But the school has decided that its summer camps will only have 2 field trips all summer (instead of every week) and all morning will be academics. I think that solidified getting a summer nanny as soon as stay-at-home is lifted. I like my kids to learn but this is nuts. They got this exemplary Blue Ribbon award this year given to the top 1% of all schools in the nation and it's gone to their heads.
So when we returned from spring break, we picked up new worksheet packets. Then they assigned a big social studies project and expected it to be done in 3 days (they do assign projects a few times a year, but usually we get weeks to do them, and most importantly, weekends). Write an 8-panel comic strip about the French-Indian War and then film a reenactment about the war with specific points to hit. Tons of work for parents. I found out that half the parents refused to do the video. I had my kid do the bare minimum and had to stitch it all together on my phone, which I was not happy about. Then this week they've assigned lots of stuff that isn't in the packet, asked us to recreate these worksheets that they're using in the video (just upload the damn file so I can print it). Every other day we have a full-blown science experiment because its zero work for the teacher who is in charge of science but tons of work for us. I HAVE A JOB. Most parents come from 2-income households and are expected to work, and most of us have multiple kids. I will say that my daughter's teacher is really fabulous, gives us lots of grace, and her lessons (Bible) are some of the best ones. I am also getting a very irritated vibe from many of the teachers who are emphasizing submitting CLEAR pictures of the work. Honey, its clear on my phone. Starting to realize ClassDojo is a pretty crappy platform and that they should've taken more time to figure this out before charging ahead. But now that the parents are used to it, they will have a mutiny on their hands if they try to change platforms.
I debated asking for my son to be moved to a gen ed virtual classroom. But seeing some of the stuff they've assigned, it also looks like more tedious crap. But they are also saying next week that we're going to have more structure and more accountability. I hope his teacher keeps doing what she is doing. While the stuff in her class is not difficult enough for my son, she is offering an appropriate amount of resources and reasonable things that most of her class can accomplish.
Can I complain about the specialist classes? Music. Oh my God the songs are terrible. He doesn't like them and I can't blame him. Is this what my kids have to put up with every week? Then my son's music teacher asks (optionally) if we can record the kids singing or something. Who the hell has time for all of this? Then my son's STEM teacher comes up with the worst, most tedious projects every week. This week it was literally watch ice cubes melt. By minute 5, we had gotten the point and confirmed his hypothesis. But she suggested 20-30 minutes to record how long it took to melt. At minute 20, I made up the last 2. I had to fill out some worksheet in Google Drive (I can tell you my Kindergartener can't do that independently) and submit it.