Amidst the chaos in the world right now it’s still possible to keep the calm at home by creating structure for kids. When routines get disrupted or changed it’s helpful to keep a schedule that encourages consistency but allows for fun and flexibility. Below are some tips on how to incorporate a daily agenda without the fuss.
Maintaining Structure For Kids
The world may be panicking over the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic but with all of the school closures going on moms are panicking over how they are going to enforce and keep up with their kids’ school curriculum at home.
With five kids, our house tends to be a little chaotic anyway. Now, add in the fact that I basically have to host an unexpected 4 weeks of home school and I know I need to set some sort of schedule to make sure everyone stays on course.
It’s important for us to be intentional about our time so that my kids understand the importance of getting their school work done even if its in a different setting.
Scheduling Structure for Kids
I want to run a tight ship during this time. Arg, matey. Which means I need to make a schedule. And because I’m the kind of person who likes to have a visual of what my plan is going to be, I created a template to use to keep the craziness at a minimum. Plus, I think it helps my kids to be able see it too.
And guess what? Its even editable to make it easier to type in your particular tasks, make changes, and customize it to fit your family. Get it below:
Here’s an example of what our weekday schedule is going to look like while my kids are studying remotely:
- 8am: Wake up
- 9am-11am: School work
- 11am: 1 hour of reading
- 12pm: Lunch
- 1pm: Chores and any additional school work
- 2pm-6pm: Free time and/or errands
- 6pm: Dinner
- 8pm: Bedtime for the littles
- 9pm: Bedtime for the bigs
It’s a pretty simple schedule that allows for some flexibility and gives them plenty of free time. However, it also puts the most important tasks first so that we can focus on completing those before being granted the reward of playtime and other other activities.
Despite having to deal with a whole lot of unexpected change, I think its a great opportunity to get completely involved in my kids’ academics. Especially, with my older two being in junior high. My “hands on” experience that I have with my elementary kids sort of dissipates as they get older. Now, I will have a chance to see exactly what they are studying in each subject.
May the Force Be With You, Mama
It might feel a little daunting for those of us who rely on the public or private school systems to educate our kids. Home schooling is not something we are used.
Thankfully we have the technology to keep teachers involved and to help us navigate our daily routines. Good luck to all the mamas out there who are creating structure for kids in this unprecedented era. Stay healthy too!