As we transition from our already busy lives to working from home and also homeschooling our children, it can be difficult to plan out our days. Below, we have two possible daily schedules for preschoolers and school-age children. Every home situation is different right now, so what works for some may not work for others. Take a look and see if either of these options could be adapted to fit into your life! Feel free to share any schedules that you and your family have come up with as well on our facebook page!
Steps to Creating a Daily Schedule
- Make a List- What are the things that need to be done during the day? This list does not have to be organized, just write down as many ideas as you can think of!
- Structure the Day- Look through those items that you write down on your list in step one, and organize them. When do you want your kids to focus on academics, free time, outside time, household chores, or screen time? Plan all of those to-do’s around the eating schedule for the day. Take input from your kids while you plan the day out! Structuring your day can help keep you from falls backs like TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME or feeling like you are ready to “throw the towel in”.
- Get Specific (If You’d Like) – If you are a person who benefits from having a very organized schedule, you might want to time out your day into different sections like the two schedules below. If you have younger children you may need to limit your time spent on activities to 15-30 minute blocks and if you have older children you may need longer blocks. YOU KNOW YOUR CHILDREN. Note: When you have multiple children you may need multiple schedules so that you are working toward the strength of each child. This can be tricky but YOU CAN DO IT!
- BE FLEXIBLE – you may stray from your schedule… no big deal… we do it all the time at MECA. Let your day flow and your schedule be your guide. Leading your days with your BEST INTENTIONS is more important than a strict schedule.
- Test Drive Your Schedule- Give your schedule a shot! You’ll learn pretty quickly if the schedule will work with your family or not. Don’t be afraid to accept feedback from your kids about possible changes. They are used to having set academic schedules at school, and may have some great ideas!
- Teach LIFE and RESPONSIBILITIES – now is your opportunity. Take it!