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Eerie. Everything feels eerie. After a flurry of activity trying to find toilet paper, disinfectant, hand sanitizer and non-perishables, we are hunkered down at home trying to keep our social distance.

Skip my bitching and go straight to Kindergarten Resources

Shelves at stores around us are completely empty. The general background noise of life has gone silent. I see the occasional runner or biker outside, but they’re typically solo.

I can’t really complain though, as there still seems to be plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables available, and our freezer is well-stocked with meat.

Emotionally though, it’s already frustrating. Kenzie’s school closed for a month, so we’re trying to juggle work with homeschooling. Work is already difficult, as Loyola University shut down the campus, which means I have to re-vamp all my classes for online delivery. Recording lectures is easy enough. The challenge is coming up with new labs and activities to replace the personal interaction. While coming up with new ways to apply learning is actually my favorite part of teaching, having to do it on-the-fly and under a time constraint really sucks. Jeff’s work is hard as well, as his company didn’t have the groundwork laid for everyone to work remotely. So part of his job entails getting that groundwork laid as quickly as possible. Pile homeschooling on top of that, and you’ve got some glowing embers of anger and resentment, as we both try to figure out how to support each other, support our family, and support our colleagues. Despite that challenge, we are so, so lucky to still be employed, and to not have to worry about our income.  There are a lot of people in the hospitality industry who are losing their jobs because their employers (who are dealing with a massive decline in demand, and whose services might be limited by government decree) can’t afford to pay them. It’s ironic really, since the hospitality industry’s whole mission is to take care of others.

Keep it together, Carolyn.

On the bright side, I was able to organize all of Kenzie’s school work over the weekend, so we were able to hit the ground running today. Her kindergarten teacher provided us with reading, writing and math worksheets, which I supplemented from some age-appropriate workbooks that I grabbed from Office Depot ( they didn’t have disinfectant or hand-santizer, but they did have kindergarten workbooks!) I organized everything by week and by day.

Kindergarten Activity Ideas

Updated May 8, 2020

Here are some free, interactive activities we’re doing:

Anyway, that’s all for today. I need to don my gloves and sanitizer and hit the early poll. I am working Mondays and Fridays, Jeff is working Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we’re splitting Wednesdays. Hopefully, this is going to work and our family will come through this crisis closer and in one piece.


Distracted, working mom seeking short escapes from a hectic life via quick crafts and fast food. Sure, she could meditate, after she cleans the house.

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