Parents: Scheduling Tips

4/1/2020
 
Trying to make a middle school schedule?  Here is a Google Form for you to copy and personalize with your own schedule.
 
 
Here are two additional sample tools for developing some independence in scheduling and routines.   They would need to be adapted to reflect your child's age and family expectations.  
 
Chore Chart    To-Do List
3/23/2020
Family Schedule Header
 
An additional schedule template has been added as a PDF below for various family school schedules.  
 
 
3/20/2020
Remote learning will look very different in each and every household in our District.  We absolutely recognize that you are responding to the rapid changes just as much as we are--working from home, becoming a teacher you never planned to be, learning new technology skills, and finding ways to comfort each other.  On Monday, March 23, we will begin Phase 2 of our Remote Learning plans.  Teachers across the district will be meeting with students through teleconference and providing on-line curriculum learning opportunities.  This remote learning website will continue to post augmented content and curriculum in Art, Music, PE, Social-Emotional Learning, Virtual experiences, and Related Services and Intervention for students. 
 
The information below is intended to offer some ideas, tips, and strategies that you can build from as you are navigating, changing, and developing at-home learning routines.  
 
Big ideas and tips from our LGUSD team:
  • Keep a routine with functional care needs--wake-up and bedtime, meal times, shower, get dressed.
  • Be sure to build from a place that provides plenty of time for your child to rest, relax, and play.  This is a stressful time for everyone and their disrupted routine is a struggle.  
  • Keep expectations reasonable--home is not the same as the office or the classroom.  
  • Make sure you have a student "learning space" so your whole house does not become an academic zone.  Kids, and you, will need to be able to walk away and still be "at home" now that their worlds have merged.
  • Chunk your child's time into 20-30 minute blocks of time and alternate between activities that require stillness and movement. 
  • Try to make your schedule visual and remind children before transitions about what is coming up next.
  • Build your schedule together each day as much as possible--let everyone add in something they need to do and something they want to do.  Include important parts of your parent workday too with times that work for all of the activities happening simultaneously at home now.  
  • Talk about the need for a flexible schedule--sometimes what you plan will get interrupted by an unexpected event
  • Discuss what each part of the day looks like?  What are people doing when the schedule says reading time?  What are the behaviors of all of the people in the house when someone is in a video-conference?  When can it be noisy?  When does it have to be quiet?
  • Build-in some time each day to do an interactive activity--not just assignments.  Do art, a puzzle, exercise, etc.
  • Take movement breaks.  In a classroom, kids move...a lot! 
  • Focus on what gets done rather than what did not get done.  Practice self-patience and self-care.  
 
ARTICLES
Common Sense--Keep your kids learning at home
 
SAMPLE SCHEDULES
 
Sample Schedule
 
Daily Schedule with samples
 
 
Family Schedule
 
Three part schedule