I know I promised y’all this weeks ago, but virtual learning around here has meant all hands on deck. We are in our fourth week at home and it has been a challenge!
Virtual Learning Spaces Video Tour
Here’s a video tour of both of their virtual learning spaces. Afterwards, I have gone into more detail and provided links to some of the items we purchased.
High School Virtual Learning Space
John is set up in his room. It was his choice and, at this juncture, we all agree it was a good call. He starts school at 8:20 AM and goes until about 3:30 PM by the time he has finished up with independent work and help sessions. He already had a desk in here and has plenty of space to spread out to the sofa or bean bag chair as needed.
The desk was my mom’s as a child and then mine, before making its way to John. It has been in his room forever, but he just now really started using it. Honey set up the split computer screens for both boys, which has been a life saver and made a huge difference in their days. With the exception of one textbook each, the rest are all online. This also allows them to watch YouTube instructional videos (the primary source of teaching for both of them) or have a textbook open on one screen while completing an assignment on the other.
He had one of the wire display boards previously, and I added two more. They are from Target and are great for displaying photos, as well as his class schedule, bell schedule, and passwords and logins to various sites. (I took that off.)
After a week with chairs we already had, Honey purchased desk chairs for both of then. This also made a huge difference in their comfort sitting in front of computers all day.
I added the book bucket from Target to corral notebooks.
We previously had John’s cello set up in here, but had disassembled it. That stuff came back out as he now attends orchestra class daily. He prints the sheet music for the day each morning.
Honey has been working upstairs in the guest room since March and it works out well to have him right next door to John during the day.
Middle School Virtual Learning Space
Whit is set up in my office for his school day. We tossed around quite a few ideas on where to put him, but collectively decided that having a dedicated space with a door would work best. His primary school hours are after lunch so I typically work here in the morning and he takes the afternoons. When he does homework, we are usually both in here and I can help as needed.
We didn’t want to purchase another desk, so we are using a folding table we already had. Like with John, Honey set up dual monitors, a desk pad and a nice chair.
He uses the original desk area as a locker to store his papers and notebooks. Honey or I often pull up the ghost chair to help with homework.
Setting Up Our Work Spaces
Here are links to the things we purchased and are using. We had a few other items that were returned once we get everything set up. These are affiliate links. (You don’t pay any more for them, but I earn a small commission on purchases.)
- High School Agenda (after some trial and error!)
- Desk chairs
- Cello stand
- Computer monitors
- Desk pads
- Mouse and keyboard
Virtual School Week 4
I know y’all want to know how it’s going but I know y’all know I hate being negative here. Let it suffice it to say “it’s going”. The middle school schedule has been really, really rough. The online learning system both are using is full of bugs and we have had countless technology issues and full school days where they can’t log in at all. There has been very little instruction for either of them, yet the syllabus is not ever adjusted – they are expected to self teach. Full steam ahead no matter what. It’s hard on everyone.
On a positive note, I am grateful that they have these beautiful spaces to work in. I am thankful that both Honey and I are home to help them with technology issues AND with filling in the gaps as far as learning. I love making them lunches and snacks that they love. I’ve enjoyed helping both of them improve their organizational skills – they are getting really good at filling in agendas and breaking up due dates and homework over the course of a week. I’ve learned a lot about both of them as students – how they act, participate and learn in a classroom. They couldn’t be more different! I laugh so hard at Whit’s daydreams and side commentary. I treasure being able to sneak upstairs and listen to John play the cello outside of his door. And, most of all, I love having them here in these four walls. After 2nd and 5th grades, I thought it wouldn’t be until Freshman and Senior years that I’d have them in school together again. :-)
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