The Unexpected Fullness of a Quarantine Schedule: Slice of Life 16/31 #sol20

After I read this tweet from Wendy Macnaughton last night, I began to realize that my daily quarantine schedule is about to get very full.

The weekend was leisurely–just Erik Hinton’s excellent one-hour yoga class, taught from his NYC apartment living room, at 3 pm MST. (Join him–and me!–for class today at 5 pm EST). I was already overwhelmed by the generosity of a yoga teacher offering a free class every afternoon for all of us at home. (And if you are not yet staying home, please please stay home! I shared a couple of good articles about the need for this in my post yesterday, and here’s another one, written by 16 leading health experts. The only way to contain this is to stay home: no play dates, no sleepovers, no book clubs, no dinners out.)

And then I found out there’s a whole lot more to come.

Illustrator and author Wendy McNaughton is offering that 11:00 a.m. MST drawing class. Also at 11:00 a.m. MST, Oliver Jeffers reads a story. Mac Barnett reads a story at 12:00 pm MST–the same time that Jarrett Krosoczka offers a drawing lesson.

At 1:00 pm MST, I have yet another conflict: Home Safari with the Cincinnati Zoo or professional development with Kylene Beers. (I’m pretty sure that Fiona the hippo is going to win out here.)

At 3:00 pm, I need to be ready for yoga with Erik.

Somewhere during my day, I have to squeeze in Notebook Time with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and the Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Met Opera Stream. (I know very little about opera–but now’s my time to learn!). Not to mention my own regularly scheduled reading and writing, teaching my own classes, and teaching my son!

Who would have guessed that I’d need Hermione’s time turner to manage my quarantine schedule?

18 thoughts on “The Unexpected Fullness of a Quarantine Schedule: Slice of Life 16/31 #sol20

  1. This is a fantastic, Elisabeth! Thank you so much; I am forwarding this to my family, especially my cousin with three kids in NYC. I am thankful for this community of educators compiling and sharing resources. Take care!

  2. Wow! Busy indeed. Perhaps that is the greatest challenge I anticipate – boredom. And your post has got me excited. Some ukulele lessons, reading, blogging, so many opportunities to explore. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The online offerings are amazing! I am in spring break mode this week, so I’m trying not to get sucked in too much–my reading pile and the clutter piles in my house need attention this week. But if we end up on extended spring break, I’ll be joining in the online learning!

  4. Just goes to show that when times are tough the generosity of people kicks in. It is wonderful that so many people and organizations are offering their time and free lessons to help out in this time of need.

  5. I, too, am amazed by all the things on offer. Far from wondering how to fill my time (or my children’s) I’m wondering what to choose. Today’s hike (far from others) is going to prevent me from taking Kylene’s class. Harumph. And my young artist can hardly figure out which of the offerings to follow. A friend of mine even created a weekly engineering challenge for a bunch of us. This week the kids have to build a marble run from materials around the house – they’ll measure, record attempts, take & upload pictures and vie for the prize of longest, tallest and biggest (intentional) drop. I love how we’re working together to make physical distancing work.

  6. I have been loathe to develop a schedule beyond the necessary school requirements coming up but your post makes me think again about things I might like to try, investigate, enjoy. Even if it may not feel like it quite yet, there will be time.

  7. Thanks so much! Lots of great resources here. I have never done yoga, maybe this would be a place for me to start!

  8. I thought it is a good thing everything is cancelled because we would have no time to react to all that is going on and keep up all that was on our calendars. Thanks for so many great ideas!

  9. The one of several silver linings that I have adored in all of this is how so many have opened their virtual doors to offer concrete knowledge. Necessity is the mother of… and so many have found wonderful and creative ways to reach, teach, learn or entertain.

  10. I have been so amazed at the generosity of authors and educators and literacy leaders! This is not going to be easy for parents, and they will certainly need the help that is being shared. As for a schedule – nothing today! We’ll see how tomorrow goes. 😉

  11. It’s amazing how many people are offering free services. Scholastic has set up a whole schedule for daily learning. Kate Messner’s page is full of author videos. I even did my own instructional poetry video today.

  12. Thank you for posting all of these resources! Many of these will be great for my daughter. It is pretty cool that there are so many free resources for kids and teachers alike.

    Wendy MacNaughton is one of my FAVORITE illustrators!

  13. Wow, there sure is a lot of choice out there! Shame the times will not synchronise with us here. Plus our school closes today and none of our kids have any access to the internet, they will not likely stay home, but roam outside as usual.

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