Routine provides security and structure in an uncertain time. It's an important consideration while we're working and learning from home. Here are some ideas on how to structure your student's day.
Start and End
Starting the day with routine and enforcing bedtime is essential (Monday-Friday). Waking up, getting dressed, and getting “ready to learn” is a positive way to start everyone’s day. Bedtime is something that you may want to consider as non-negotiable, as healthy sleep is vital for a positive mood and learning. Downtime, outside time, and exercise are important as well. Have your family together come up with a check-list of outside activities, exercises, and board games to do for the coming days!
Grown-ups and children should create their Family Schedule together. This allows us the opportunity to utilize Executive Functioning Skills and feel like we all have some control over the day.
Decide When and Where to Meet
When: Monday - Friday
Where: The kitchen, the office... decide the optimal working space with your children. This may change per activity.
Remember: It is most effective to implement a routine while being flexible and mindful of the needs of your family.
Tips: Avoid triggers like hunger and sleepiness
For Lower School students, there is a lot more flexibility and the opportunity for downtime in their day. You may choose to use one of the colorful block schedules we have all been seeing posted on various social media sites OR you may use another approach.
Don't feel you have to structure each moment of their day from 8:00am-3:00pm. It is important to provide structure while being flexible for our young learners. Every single home structure is different. Everyone’s day will look different and that is OK!
This opportunity will allow for learning and also encourages your child to explore their interests. Using some sort of visual schedule (created with your child) will provide routine and security. A helpful option instead of a schedule is to choose 3 things to do each day: This may be
1. log-on to your child’s teacher-directed lesson
2. Write a letter to someone
3. Go outside
You can alter this each day with your child so they feel some control and are more invested.
What to Consider:
- Morning routine: Get dressed and eat breakfast
- Bedtime Routine
- Snack and meal times
- Online educational games
- Outside time - Nature walk, bike ride, sports in the yard
- Move your body - Ms. Brooks; GoNoodle
- Self-directed time/hands-on activities - legos, puzzles, free play, dolls, art & crafts
- High Interests Activities - science experiments, art
- Freeze Dance
- Puzzle Palooza - set out a bunch of puzzles and do them all together around the house
- Board Games - display them all and each person gets a turn picking
- Treasure hunt
- Chores/Jobs: Clean out the garage; attic