Create a Schedule
Encourage consistency and productivity, while also preventing your kids from bouncing off the walls or becoming glued to glowing screens by organizing each day into an at-home learning schedule.
Kids are used to routines in the classroom, and you will need to create them at home to ensure that you are able to get your work done and manage everything that they need to get done as well.
Divide the day into time blocks and create routines that works for your family into each of those blocks. Make sure to include breaks for movement, and snacks! Set alarms on your phone or your home device to keep everyone on task!
Include time for students to get creative, active and mindful, as well as for learning! Check out some of the ideas and resources shared for different ages levels on the following pages!
Tips to help in creating at-home learning schedules
Focus: Keeping students engaged and productive during scheduled blocks throughout the day.
- Prepare breakfast for student or ensure that student has the materials to make breakfast for themselves
- Discuss daily goals and objectives with the student over breakfast
- What can the student accomplish today?
- What is expected that the student complete?
- When will the student need to be virtually present online
- When will they need to dedicate time to particular subjects?
- What does the parent/guardian need to accomplish? When are they available for support? When are they not available?
- Allow the student to set their schedule/adjust the home's daily schedule, so that they can come up with a plan on how they can accomplish their daily goals/objectives, while practicing time management and self-discipline
- As you go about your day, check in a few times to discuss progress of the student's daily goals/objectives or help them adhere to scheduled blocks.
- During lunch time, allow the student to help in the kitchen preparing lunch. Use this time to connect and reflect on how things are going/learn new cooking skills.
- As the child would ordinarily have recess and P.E. at school, ensure the student gets enough exercise throughout the day. Depending on age, encourage the student to play in the yard, practice yoga, go for a walk, etc.
- Have students help you during dinner preparation with either cooking or helping around the house.
- Have students complete chores.
- Throughout the evening, use down time to engage with the student and track their process on the day's goals and objectives. Was the student able to accomplish their tasks? If not, how can they better handle the tasks going forward?
- Encourage reading as it is an essential learning tool – encourage either independent reading before bed or practice reading aloud to students.
Additional Resources for Building At-Home Learning Schedules
- Does your child have ADD or ADHD? Check out this example schedule from ADDitude.
- Check out the different Khan Academy examples schedules for at-home learning. They are organized by age level.
- Suggestions from the CDC on building structure and routines into schedules for at-home learning. (Español)
- Example of an at-home learning schedule for Middle School students.
- Schools are Closed. Minds are wide open! Common Sense Media Resources.
- Working and Learning from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak (Article from healthy children.org)