Developing a Schedule
Routines are extremely important for elementary students. Here are some tips to help your student learn at home:
- Create short blocks of time for learning, for the length of minutes of their age. For example, a 10 year old would work for 10 minutes and then take a movement break.
- Give your student a quiet place to work each day, in a location with as few distractions as possible.
- Make sure to take movement breaks throughout the day—jumping jacks, wall push-ups or jogging in place.
- Take time to be outside, at least 25 minutes per day. Supervised walks, bike rides and family games are a great way to be outside and have some fun.
- Your work schedule/family needs may make your schedule different than the one suggested. Things to consider:
- Wake-up and bedtime
- Meal times
- When do you (the adults) need quiet time—plan an independent activity for your child
- Learning time (in chunks)
- Time for reading, for kids alone and with adults
- Outdoor time
- Free play or choice activities
- This is a great time to teach the skills that help kids be successful in school and life, for instance:
- How to be organized
- How to cook something age-appropriate
- Creating family rituals to encourage social skills
Optional Daily Schedule
This may look different for every family based on household work schedules.
|7:30-8:30||Wake up, eat breakfast & get dressed|
|8:30-9:30||Literacy and Mathematics Learning
*For every 10-15 minutes of work, take a 10-15 min. movement break
|9:30-10:00||Outdoor or Indoor Break|
|10:00-10:30||Snack and conversation|
|10:30-11:00||Finish Literacy and Mathematics Learning|
|11:00-11:15||Outdoor or Indoor Break|
|11:30-12:00||Art or Music Break|
|12:30-12:45||Reading and Relaxation|
|1:00-2:00||Free Play Time|
|2:00-2:30||Outdoor Supervised Walk or Bike Ride|
|2:30-3:00||Connect with others—Talk to someone on the phone or have a conversation in the household|