Elementary Schedule

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
    • Chores
  • 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.

Time Period Activity
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
12:00-12:30 Lunch
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
3:00-Bedtime Ideas:

  • Go for a Family Walk
  • Listen To or Create Music
  • Help with Chores
  • Read Books
  • Help with Dinner and Clean-up
  • Family Game