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    #247125 - 05/07/20 02:24 PM Random things your child is doing during covid
    greenlotus Offline
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    This is such a strange time, and many are a bit stir crazy from being housebound. Others may be thrilled that they have been ordered to stay put. Our two DD's are supposed to be completing school work, but I found DD at her desk seriously studying her Ipad .... She had found a video of Chinese parents telling their children "I love you. " for the first time along with their adult children's reactions. DD had a notebook beside her where she was writing out all the conversations in Chinese (pages of this). Then she gave me a lecture on the poor quality of the subtitles in the videos. confused If only her Chinese teacher got this much work out of her.

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    #247126 - 05/07/20 02:25 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
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    I love this!

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    #247127 - 05/07/20 03:24 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
    Eagle Mum Offline
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    Registered: 02/24/20
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    DS, a self taught musician & gifted mathematician, is composing a ‘masterpiece’ showcasing negative harmony. It’s brilliant both musically & mathematically. He usually spends 2-3 hours a day at the piano (for past 5 years), but without attending school, can now spend 4-6 hrs.

    ETA: I suppose this may not fit the idea of ‘random’ things often being fleeting interests but he did just wake up one day & think - ‘I wonder if I could...’. No one suggested the idea to him.


    Edited by Eagle Mum (05/07/20 03:33 PM)

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    #247128 - 05/07/20 03:52 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
    Eagle Mum Offline
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    School lockdown has actually provided my kids with great opportunities to develop their own interests. DH & I are considered ‘essential workers’ so we’ve had to leave them (age 15 & 12) home by themselves. DD has started doing yoga, developed dance choreography, taken a huge chunk off her PB for running, weeded & planted our veggie garden, widened her culinary skills, redesigned & resewed several clothes items, worked ahead in maths - all whilst keeping up with the school’s online learning program & binge watching Netflix.

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    #247132 - 05/07/20 06:02 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
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    Originally Posted By: greenlotus
    This is such a strange time, and many are a bit stir crazy from being housebound. Others may be thrilled that they have been ordered to stay put. Our two DD's are supposed to be completing school work, but I found DD at her desk seriously studying her Ipad .... She had found a video of Chinese parents telling their children "I love you. " for the first time along with their adult children's reactions. DD had a notebook beside her where she was writing out all the conversations in Chinese (pages of this). Then she gave me a lecture on the poor quality of the subtitles in the videos. confused If only her Chinese teacher got this much work out of her.


    I love this! How fantastic. My children's self entertainment that I know their teacher's wished they would apply to a related school subjects also tends to fairly obscure things.

    One of mine has been doing all their jigsaws of maps, and undertaking further expansion of their knowledge of places, which is far in advance of mine or anyone else's in the family. I am now almost NEVER able to answer the "Where is..." questions I receive because it's usually now only fairly obscure cities or mountains etc.

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    #247133 - 05/07/20 06:03 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: Eagle Mum]
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    Originally Posted By: Eagle Mum
    DS, a self taught musician & gifted mathematician, is composing a ‘masterpiece’ showcasing negative harmony. It’s brilliant both musically & mathematically. He usually spends 2-3 hours a day at the piano (for past 5 years), but without attending school, can now spend 4-6 hrs.

    ETA: I suppose this may not fit the idea of ‘random’ things often being fleeting interests but he did just wake up one day & think - ‘I wonder if I could...’. No one suggested the idea to him.


    How fabulous! I have a child that would be fascinated to hear the end result!

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    #247134 - 05/07/20 06:05 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: Eagle Mum]
    MumOfThree Offline
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    Registered: 04/07/11
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    Originally Posted By: Eagle Mum
    School lockdown has actually provided my kids with great opportunities to develop their own interests. DH & I are considered ‘essential workers’ so we’ve had to leave them (age 15 & 12) home by themselves. DD has started doing yoga, developed dance choreography, taken a huge chunk off her PB for running, weeded & planted our veggie garden, widened her culinary skills, redesigned & resewed several clothes items, worked ahead in maths - all whilst keeping up with the school’s online learning program & binge watching Netflix.


    The first part of lockdown was a lovely time of exploration for our kids, unfortunately the return to (remote) school has not gone well for my 2e kids and has really reversed this tendency.

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    #247135 - 05/07/20 06:54 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
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    Actually zero accomplishment during this time... My son's school started online schooling as soon as lockdown was announced and everything has been very stressful and fatiguing for him ever since. Sitting in front of a computer from 8:00 AM to 4:00 pm is hard on him. And then, he has to do his homework on the computer again and take his sports and music lessons online as well! The reason that school is so long is that his school has lunchtime clubs, assemblies, leadership council, debate practice, afterschool clubs etc all going online which means that kid is glued to Zoom all the time. His local Math Circle moved online as well and now he is online on the weekend to attend that as well. Since these are unprecedented times, I am letting screen time limits slide while gently encouraging DS to go out for walks and help me in gardening etc.

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    #247137 - 05/07/20 07:35 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: ashley]
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    Yikes. That is an insane amount of videoconferencing, especially for a child. My distance learning secondary student is spending maybe 2 hours a day on schoolwork, with mostly-optional Zoom check-ins a few times a week. (Which is also how much time the already-homeschooled one uses.)

    Of course, mine is using all this time to play video games...

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    #247139 - 05/07/20 11:15 PM Re: Random things your child is doing during covid [Re: greenlotus]
    MumOfThree Offline
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    Our child who is doing much worse since school went back from holidays has expectations closer to Ashely's child.... and outcomes identical to AEHs child (well more other sorts of non productive screen use than video games).

    Kids are expected to "check in" via a comment on Google classroom for every lesson as per their usual schedule, and sometimes participate in a hangout session, but mostly they (theoretically) do their work quietly by themselves, based on documents they will have found posted across two different websites (classrooms and the school LMS), or possibly via email. They are often are required to submit videos of themselves doing certain tasks.

    If there is an interactive class only the teacher is allowed to have camera and mic on, but sometimes children are required to turn their mic on to answer or perform (specialist music school).

    This child has been investigated twice for selective mutism, and multiple times for ASD, neither of which they have, but they ARE incredibly shy, introverted and with extreme ADHD...

    We were specifically told they were supposed to do this in a room "without distractions" for the school day, ideally their bedrooms...Who thought teenagers would be more focused alone in their rooms with a computer and internet access? WHY did they not say "Ideally at somewhere where you will remain constantly accountable to your parents and have their support to stay on task and manage your "free" time productively"

    It's a disaster.

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