1. Establish a daily routine.
This will help create stability for everyone at home. Getting dressed, eating breakfast, and brushing teeth every morning are simple things that help put kids in a positive mindset (and if you’re working from home, can help you get more done). A lot of teachers and school counselors have shared ideas for building a daily schedule. Here’s a basic template with some ideas that you can use to build something that works for your family:
- Before 9 a.m.: Wake up – eat breakfast, make the bed, get dressed, brush your teeth
- 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Get active – take a family walk with the dog, do a yoga routine, or check out this kid friendly PE alternative.
- 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Academic time – Sudoku books, flash cards, study guide, journal, reading
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Creative time – Legos, magnatiles, drawing, coloring books, crafting, playing music, cooking or baking
- 12 p.m.: Lunch
- 12:30 p.m.: Chore time – a) wipe kitchen table and all chairs, b) wipe all door handles, light switches, and desk tops, c) wipe bathrooms
- 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Quiet time – reading, puzzles, nap
- 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Academic time – iPad games, Prodigy, educational show
- 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Afternoon fresh air – walk a dog, ride bikes, play outside
- 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Dinner
- 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Free TV time
- 8 p.m.: Bedtime
- 9 p.m.: Bedtime – all kids who follow the daily schedule and don’t fight
2. Set aside some time each day for study.
- Khan Academy is a free resource that offers online learning and recommended schedules for every grade level.
- Age of Learning has made their popular programs ABCMouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ free during this time.
- EdHelper is a great resource for printable worksheets for kids to do during academic time.
- Scholastic has made their Learn at Home program free during this time, with resources from Pre-K to Grade 9.
- Adventure2Learning is offering families 2 months for free using code Learn60 on the check out page.
- Rosetta Stone is giving kids and teens 3 months of language learning for free so they can keep up on their language skills.
3. Check in with your kids.