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9 AM: Set an Intention and Expectations

Set Clear Expectations and Review Them Each Morning

Anytime you introduce children to a new structure or routine, it is helpful to set clear expectations and discuss what success will look like. Use the Daily Tasks Checklist to chart out a  schedule that everyone can buy into and understand.

For busy parents who are juggling work and supervising their children while school is closed, there is a box for students to check off the task when it is completed. Most importantly, there is a self-assessment. When you first start creating a daily schedule, you need feedback on how it is going. If a child circles the frown face that is an indication that they either didn’t have enough support to complete the task or it wasn’t engaging enough. Use the self-assessment as a conversation starter as you troubleshoot your schedule and tools, and be prepared to make adjustments.

Support Kids In Making Good Choices

If you are working from home and caring for your children, you will need to schedule some self-guided activities. It can be challenging for children to manage their own time, maintain focus, and complete tasks without adult support and supervision. Use the Behavior Checklist to set clear expectations. Write out behavior goals using empowering “I can…” statements. Some examples include “I can follow my schedule” and “I can ask for help when I need it.”  There is a place for kids to check if they met the expectation or not, and there is a place to reflect on how it went.

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10 AM: Academic Time

With so much going on in your own life, sitting your kids down with the iPad or TV might seem like an easy way to occupy them while you get other things done.  However, it’s important to maintain learning while at home.

Balance Academics and Play

Some schools are putting distance learning into place, while others are not providing materials for parents. Depending on how much support you receive from your child’s school, you will need to plan a learning/play schedule.  As you plan, think of activities that combine learning and fun. One of our favorites is to ask kids to read a book, and then watch the movie.

Build In Opportunities For Choice

While it is helpful to provide structure for children, it is also important to give them choices. Choice Boards provide nine different activities for the same topic, support academic skill-building practice, and build in opportunities for choice.

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11 AM: Feelings Check-In

Help Kids Express Their Feelings and De-Stress

Many kids are feeling anxious and confused right now. Schools closed with little notice, and the daily routine looks very different right now (or is missing altogether). It is important to find time in the day to check in with children and use strategies and activities to help them express their feelings and de-stress. You can use breathing exercises, mantra activities, “feelings thermometers," meditation, and more to help kids relax and be present in the moment.

Alyssa Bellardino, a third-grade teacher in Roxbury, NJ believes it is important to incorporate social-emotional learning (SEL) into distance learning models. She created a Daily SEL Challenge. This free resource is full of activities that motivate kids to complete acts of kindness and connect with family members and friends.


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12 PM: Get Kids Up and Moving

Kids need movement in order to learn and thrive. Professor Peter Gray writes about the power of play and unscheduled downtime for kids. He recommends that children play before they eat lunch, and that they have opportunities for unstructured play. Christy Frank, an instructional technology integrator, designed The ABCs of Screen-Free Time At Home so parents and teachers could support students to take screen breaks and get moving despite school closures  due to COVID-19.

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1 PM: Rest

2 PM: Free Choice Reading and Snack

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3 PM: Get Moving

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4 PM: Reflect

Check In With Your Kids

Take the time to circle back to the Daily Tasks and Behavior Checklists, and talk to your kids about how things went. Use this as a learning experience for parents to understand what worked, what didn’t, what needs more time, less time, etc.

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Learn From Homeschooling Parents

Even if you didn’t intend to homeschool your kids, there are parents who willingly make this choice, and have developed structures and systems that work. From finding the teaching materials you need and developing a home classroom to what is needed for a positive homeschool experience, we can learn a lot from parents who are already doing this with great success.

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