Another week of virtual school is finished, and at Baughman Street White House, the final week. There are two days of individual conferences between parents and teachers, and then I have two grandchildren who will be heading to the school bus early Monday morning - dressed in their spiffy new clothes and meeting their bus driver for the school year.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
Another week of virtual school is finished, and at Baughman Street White House, the final week. There are two days of individual conferences between parents and teachers, and then I have two grandchildren who will be heading to the school bus early Monday morning - dressed in their spiffy new clothes and meeting their bus driver for the school year.
Speaking from a "Nana" point of view, this virtual school business has been a challenge. Up and dressed every day at 7:30 a.m., cats fed, laundry started, Ava's hair brushed, Ava's breakfast, Ava's teeth brushed, Ava dressed (oh my, a 5-year-old little girl can NEVER make up her mind!), Leo on my lap for a few minutes, maybe a cup of tea if I can squeeze it in, and that's just about it. All in an hour BEFORE virtual school at 8:45 a.m.
We've made it through what seems like three months. Nana just was not accustomed to such a rigid routine, especially after a laid-back, lazy, casual summer. Now, rather than floating around in my swimming pool, I was in kindergarten five days a week. Every single morning. Math, reading, coloring, manipulative box, ten frame, Cass and Oswald-ville, using left-handed scissors, learning numbers, writing letters, rolling a die to color certain numbers. Not to mention - learning laptop schoology, interacting with a virtual Mrs. Harris, finding online assignments, uploading completed work, and just having enough patience to get through these morning hours!
Fact is, when I was 5 years old, for some reason I did not go to kindergarten. It was not required back in the Middle Ages HA! I did not start school until the first grade. But, oh, I hope I pass kindergarten THIS year!!!
These teachers, though. They have had to scramble, spend countless hours in preparation, and many have spent money out of their own pockets to get ready for this virtual education. I cannot even imagine the stress they must have been under teaching this way due to COVID. Kudos to their dedication, intelligence and persistence in excellence.
In Allegany County, parents have a choice. They can choose to physically attend school on Monday, or continue virtually at home. Starting next week, Nana gets up to get Ava to the bus stop, Megan gets Ryder to his bus stop, and my Monday-Thursday days until 2 p.m. are MINE!
I can now manage my time to include writing, finishing my "Old Fella - Just A Cat" book, revising and editing my first book, baking, relaxation, music, a little TV, kitty cat time, breakfast with friends, shopping, preparing dinner...you know, things that make me happy, things that make me happy now that I have been sprung from the Kindergarten Klink!!
Until next week...