August Recap!


September already, yeesh.

Truthfully, I’m exhausted by remote learning. It’s been an adjustment for my kids. And for me. Our schools are starting out with remote learning for all this year, but all families had to choose whether they wanted to stick with remote learning or go back to school in person in a few weeks. Well, since my husband and I are pretty much convinced that covid rates are going to get bad again in a month or two (the numbers are already headed in that direction…), we chose to stick with remote learning.

Unfortunately, what our district didn’t tell us is that all the experienced teachers are teaching the in-person kids, and the remote learning kids are being taught by new and reassigned teachers. In other words, my kids are being taught math, writing, and science by Spanish teachers, librarians, and Uber drivers—and no, I’m not exaggerating. So what’s been hardest for me in this whole mess is all the fighting I’ve had to do with, well, everyone. I’ve been talking to and emailing our principals, our district superintendent, our teachers, our PTO boards, and, of course, the many disgruntled parents who feel the way I do, just to make sure that our voices are heard and that the remote learning students get treated the same as the in-person students.

On the one hand, it makes me EUPHORIC to see when even a small change is made in response to the many objections from parents. On the other hand, I’ve never been more tired in my life. I feel exhausted on a whole new level. It reminds me of having a newborn, I’m that depleted.

Still. Progress is being made. Routines are being formed. I think we will find our groove soon enough. I’m still on the fence about some of my kids’ teachers, but I’m just trying to take it a day at a time. Breathe in, and breathe out.

As for books, I still managed to read a few, thankfully. This month I read and reviewed six:

5 STARS

3 STARS

Click on the title below the cover to see my full review.

I am sending out all the good vibes to my fellow parents. I hope the back-to-school craziness calms down and we all settle in quickly. And for everyone else, wear a mask and be safe out there!

5 thoughts

  1. Just getting to establish a footprint in the most magnificent community here, and am first of all, more than happy (read: blessed) to have found you! And your bug bug adventure! What a blog! An extensive collection reminds me of my father and self days when we used to competitively take turns to get books wrapped up with a review! What a journey you have quite painted here! Thank you and happy to stay connected!

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      1. I would agree to it more than a 1000% 😃! It so is! I am attacking “Big Magic” by “Elizabeth Gilbert” as we speak and she has been inspiring me with awe, making me reflect on aspects heart fears to take that first step towards! Side by side there is “an absorbing errand” by “Janna Malamud Smith” that revitalizes creative and abstract art! They are my energy boosters for a couple weeks now!
        -Ramya 💐

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  2. DC schools are completely virtual until at least November 6. I’m completing my grad school internship during the day and taking my grad classes at night. Spending 10+ hours a day on video chat is slowly going to take the life out of me…but I’d prefer that than being back in schools right now, I guess.

    That is so, so frustrating that your children aren’t being taught by unqualified and poorly performing teachers. 😦 gah, what were those school district officials thinking? What a weird new world we’re living in. We’ll make it through this, one way or another.

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    1. I so wish our district had gone remote until November and then re-evaluated at that point. It just makes more sense to me. Ugh, we’ll have to see how it goes, I guess… I know EXACTLY what you mean about being fed up with zoom calls already. It’s exhausting staring at that screen all day. I finally told my kids to just get up and take breaks when they need to. It’s crazy to ask kids to stay focused on a screen for hours at a time.

      Good luck with your internship and classes. I hope you get to go in-person soon. 🙏

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