As students head back to school in the midst of a pandemic, parents & educators are trying to adjust. It doesn’t matter if its in person or virtually. But the children are the ones that will be impacted the most. I spent some time talking with two of my favorite people. Meet Kailey & Haley (yes twins) who will be 6th graders at Bellevue Middle School. These two ladies text me everyday and seeing their text truly brightens my day. I asked them to share how Covid & virtual learning has and will impact their lives.
How did you spend your summer?
Kailey- I mostly spent my summer here in Memphis at home but I did go over family members’ houses like my grandmas and my aunts and uncles.
Haley- We spent our summer doing virtual learning videos, getting wet in the sprinkler, doing group chats, having sleepovers, taking swim lessons, helping out with our grandma and taking care of our brother.
Are you ready for school to start?
K– I’m ready for school to start so that I can have more to do during the day.
H- Yes I am ready for school to start back.
Are you ready for Middle School?
K-I’m ready for Middle School and I know it’s going to be a great experience.
H- Yes I am ready for Middle School.
How do you feel about online learning?
K-I feel great about online learning because I don’t have to worry about rushing to get in the car and it will be easier to do a small group with my teacher.
H- I feel great about online learning because even though I’m not at school I get to experience a different type of learning.
What will you miss most about not being in school?
K-Something I will miss about not being in school is seeing my friends.
H- A couple of things I will miss about not being in school are my friends, having after school activities and getting to know people.
What has changed in your world since Covid-19?
K– Something that has changed in my world is the everyday things because I can’t go where I want like I use to.
H- Going out to eat, going to the hair salon and visiting family out of town.
What do you miss most about not being able to go & come like you use to?
K-Something I miss most about coming and going places is restaurants because they have lots of good food.
H- A couple of things I miss about coming and going are having my mom pick me up afterwards, going to the park and hanging out with friends.
What has COVID taught you about life so far?
K-To spend more time with family and to enjoy being at home
H- Covid has taught me how to be safe during a pandemic, how to make crafts, and serving and giving back to the community.
What do you want to do after Covid is over?
K-I want to have a family reunion after COVID is over just to see the rest of my family.
H- After the pandemic is over I want to travel, go to the water park, spend time with my family and go to dinner.
Anything else you want to share about this whole Covid situation?
H- Covid had everyone on lockdown but we will all be glad when the virus is over. But since we stayed at home we have had a lot of time to learn new things.
Thank you Kailey & Haley for sharing. The world is a better place because of you and I am proud to know you. Good luck with the school year.
Beewisdom- “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai