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Learning at Home

Here are some helpful tips to get everyone ready to learn at home:

Work Station

Decide where everyone can do their work most effectively and without distractions. Set up the chosen areas with all the needed supplies (e.g. technology, textbooks, pens, paper).

Daily Schedule

  1. Wake up, get dressed and have breakfast at the normal time.
  2. Set a daily schedule. Keep it as close to your child’s normal school day as possible.
  3. Engage your child in making the schedule.
  4. Set scheduled meal times and healthy snack times.
  5. Create blocks of time during the day for certain types of activities. The length of blocks of time will depend on the age of your children. 20 minute blocks of “work time” might be suitable for younger students whereas older students will be able manage longer work periods (35-45 minutes per subject area).
  6. Consider your needs as a parent, especially if you're working from home and build them into your schedule.
  7. Post your daily schedule, so everyone knows what to expect, and so you can point to it instead of answering constant questions about when something is going to happen.
  8. If you fall out of your schedule, don’t worry about it. Just reset and try again.

Get Moving!

Schedule 2 to 3 times per day for physical activity. Get outside if possible. Physical breaks are important for staying healthy, it’s a great stress reliever, it helps us focus when we get back to work, and it makes it easier to sleep at night.

Get Creative

Build specific time in the schedule for special subjects like art and music. You do not need to be an expert at these things. Art can be drawing with a pencil or building a structure with sticks. Music can be singing together (off-key is fine!) or introducing your teenager to “the music of your generation.”

Wind Down

Set aside some quiet time. If you’re unsure about what to do, have your kids READ READ READ.

Sleep

Stick with normal bedtime routines as much as possible during the week to make sure everyone gets enough sleep.


Sample Schedule

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