Home from School – Planning a Schedule
When the kiddos learned they we would be doing school at home starting this week, G immediately went to our whiteboard and began to write out a schedule. Clearly, this girl loves structure! And we agreed, on weekends (prior to COVID-19) when we don’t have much planned, there is a lot of “what are we doing next” and “I’m bored”, so let’s embrace her need for structure if we are going to be house-bound for however long! We began to write out a list of things we would want to teach.
G – sign language, science experiments
C – board games, animals
O – physical education [he just happens to be a P.E. teacher 🙂 ]
J – coping skills, art and crafts
subjects to be taught by rotating teachers – math, writing, reading, science, geography, technology
and of course – recess!
SO here is the schedule that we came up with:
You can empower your kiddos to think about things they are great at or are interested in, so they can be involved in lesson planning and daily activities. We loved that C said he is good at games so we added that into the schedule so he had something to plan too [It is totally true that he is good at games, he always wins!… which can make games quite challenging when G loses, but that is for another day 😉 ]
After we created the schedule, we first talked about was how things are bound to change!! As great and comforting as structure is, when it does not go as planned, it can be really discomforting and upsetting. So we have a plan for this, its called an OOPS!
We write out our schedule each day with any obstacles or alterations that we are already aware of such as a need for drive to the store or a conference call (since we are both working from home). This way, you can plan the schedule on a daily basis and discuss potential changes ahead of time.
Once the schedule is set though, things may still come up and here is where the OOPS comes in! As a family, decide a routine activity to do when an OOPS comes up, such as write it in an OOPS journal, put a big OOPS pictures onto the schedule board, practice a favorite deep breathing exercise, etc. This way, your child can feel in control of the situation and have a routine way to handle change.
As an OT and PE teacher, our hope is to share our activities with you to help structure and fill your days with fun!
Stay tuned for links and lesson plans!
-J and O