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One of the most difficult aspects of working from home and/or surviving this 'stay at home' order is having your kids home with you all day long. Don't worry I got your back! I promise that if we put a little work into planning a daily routine, your day, week and life will run smoother.
Before we get to scheduling your chaos, let's keep in mind some things that may change from family to family.
1. Develop your schedule according to your child. Set the time frame according to your child's age. How long can your child focus? Younger children have shorter attention spans, keep their activities short 20 minutes max and switch it up. Older children are able to focus on one subject for a longer period of time. At either age, switch things up go from an academic task (reading) to creative (music, art or physical activity).
2. Time management - use times when your kids are independent and occupied to be the most productive. Backyard recess while you are in a meeting or online learning (educational youtube videos) when you are on a phone conference.
3. Be flexible - let's not sharpie things in just yet, create a daily time line and use post its or velcro labels to be able to move things around to fit your daily needs, if needed.
4. Ideas to fill your schedule - meals, snack time, reading, writing, journaling, book reports, arts and crafts, math skills, outdoor/indoor, recess, PE class, science projects, free time vs. screen time, and chore hour
Khan academy has an awesome resource of sample schedules according to your child’s age and grade level.
Look out for tomorrow’s blog with additional resources virtual and online educational resources for you and your family.