FMPSD Column: School during COVID-19

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By Daniel Bordeleau, Grade 6, Fort McMurray Christian School

School changed a lot when COVID-19 started in March, but overall things went pretty smoothly.

I did more hours of school than regular school and I liked that my teacher, Mr. Vanden Pol, had this website for all the assignments that we should be doing, which was pretty handy since he couldn’t tell us in person.

I liked homeschooling because it was quieter and everything was on a computer, which was easier because if I didn’t know something then I could just search it up or I could ask a parent.

I liked that we had Google Meets every Tuesday and Thursday because I could still ask some questions that no one in the house could answer and I was able to see my friends and know what they had been doing which I like.

School at home was a challenge, but I got better and better as I kept working on my school work online.

I think when I’m in grade 7, which will be this fall, I will be even better. It was more of a challenge for other students because some students don’t get help because they have to be home alone as their parents were still going to work.


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I think that school at home was good for me except for when I needed help because I didn’t get the same amount of help as I’m used to.So that was a challenge.

The thing that I didn’t like is that when I found something hard and no one in the house knew what to do, I was just stuck and there was nothing to do, so I’d have to search or email my teacher, and wait, which can be hard. 

I’m a bit scared because next year I go to junior high and it’s a whole new level. We didn’t learn all the things we are supposed to be learning, but I’m hoping that my grade 7 teacher will go easy because we didn’t get to all the things this year.

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Sometimes when I was stressed, I liked to go outside and take my dog for a walk, which really calmed me down. When I got back my brain just refreshed and focused on a different thing.

Sometimes after I did some school work, I liked to go outside and play basketball and shoot on the net, because we did basketball at our school and when we do go back to school I want to be ready for basketball.

Sometimes I practiced volleyball because I want to be ready for that as well.

On weekends when I didn’t do school we usually went for a walk and hung out with my niece and nephew and did other things.

Sometimes we played in the backyard if it was a nice day outside and these days we are going outside a lot because it’s summer.

I hope that COVID goes away by the start of school because I really miss school and I don’t want to be at home for another school year, so I hope that COVID goes away soon.


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I also hope that we can have sleepovers and stuff like that again soon because lots of my friends like to have sleepovers and so do I, so I hope that we can do those again soon.

I hope that we can go back to church as well, I have some friends there and it’s time that I get to spend with my friends.

I really enjoyed this home school, but I am really looking forward to this fall and to get things back to normal again.

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