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Homes for School, Work, & Play

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

1. Make a plan together

· Let kids help create a daily plan/schedule that can hang on the refrigerator

· It’s ok to do what your kid wants to do first

· Give choices. Independence gets more important as children get older, and yet kids this age still need parents to provide structure.

· One way to give your child more independence is to offer choices within each of their daily activity categories.

· Be flexible with the schedule for the week

· Fill with a variety of activities

· regular meal times,

· physical and imaginative play,

· artwork, building,

· helping with housework,

· thinking and learning activities,

· free time.

· chore time 

· Remember school goes faster at home because you get 1-1

2. Set goals together.

· Forward thinking (like planning, anticipating and estimating),

· Goal setting is a great exercise for brains.

· It encourages to think about possibilities, and to make plans for how to get there.

3. Keep a routine

· Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast at the normal time.

· Normal bedtime routines as much as possible – get enough sleep.

· It can be as structured or unstructured as you want.

· It doesn’t need to look like a traditional classroom

· School on the couch or at the table

· A Quiet Place

· Be Flexible and creative ….i.e. Math in the kitchen with measuring-baking

· Double up if you have more than one child.

· Have older child help younger one

· Have a kid on each side of you taking turns reading the same time to maximize your day

· Take breaks

· Have dinner together as a family and discuss the day.

· Enjoy the evenings, play, read, watching a movie.

· Doesn’t need to look like Pinterest photos... or if a Pinterest school area motivates and excites it! Just don’t expect it to stay that way.

4. Monitor Screen time …

· Kids' screen media may increase when home schooling.

· Choose quality content and use trusted sources

· Use media together

· Know what your children are seeing online

· Media can entertain for long stretches, making it easy to let it go

· But be aware they do not always make good time management choices.

· Give some structure and schedules and regular check-ins

· Limits are important. 

· Technology use should not push out time needed for sleep, physical activity, reading, or family connection.

· Use social media for good. Make it a positive not negative outlet… Check in with your neighbors, friends and loved ones.

5. Show extra kindness/love

· No matter the age of your child, take a moment each day to just be there.

· Listen to your child's thoughts and concerns,

· enjoy some playtime.

· Give them the ability to be more independent, which will hopefully buy you some extra free time too!

· Be kind to yourself too.  Eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep. Find ways to decompress and take breaks.

· If more than one parent is home, take turns helping the children


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