Hey guys! What a weird time in our world right now. How are you doing? I hope well. I know this is an unprecedented time that can be full of anxiety and fear, but I also feel like we’re all in this together, and we can do this. It is absolutely of highest importance that we do our part to halt the spread of the coronavirus and protect those who are most vulnerable. We’ll be staying at home and of course spending time in nature- a safe distance from others, that is. ;) And with schools being closed, well, I guess I’ll be getting a crash course in homeschooling, after all!
I’m looking at the bright side, and spending more time as a family is definitely number one. :) I saw a meme that said, imagine if this was 2000 and not 2020, we’d all be watching Oregon Trail on our parents computer using the broadband internet. Could be worse! Ha!
SO. All this to say, I’ve created a little schedule we’ll be following each day, to moreso keep our sanity and some semblance of “normalcy” in this very not normal time. This is a guide, to create some structure and predictability in our days, as I’ve come to realize both myself and my kids (I’d hazard to say, all children!) thrive on some sort of routine! So here’s ours. We’re doing this for our 4 year old and 6 year old. Feel free to download and print it out for yourself, and share if you like! It is totally customizable, and you can of course fill in your preferred activities and whatnot. I know some days will include tablet time and a movie somewhere in there (probably during quiet time!), especially since Frozen 2 was just released on Disney+. Sophie has no idea, and she is going to freeeeeak haha! Okay, on to the schedule!
For a printable PDF of the below schedule, click here.
DAILY SCHEDULE FOR KIDS
7-8: Wake up and eat breakfast (clean up our own dishes)
9:30: Calendar time (discuss what day it is, how the weather is today, and look at our visual schedule)
9:45: Table time. String beads, matching/sorting bears. Tracing our names. Letters. Numbers. Counting.
10: Sensory play. I love to make easy sensory bins, filled with dry oats or rice or beans and spoons, toys, etc. The kids LOVE these! If you have a sensory lover, these are hugely important! I first learned about these from Sam’s SLP. We also LOVE kinetic sand. It’s the best! I shared a ton of our favorite sensory toys and activities in this post!
10:30: Snack and outside time. Ride bikes, explore, play dough, chalk.
1:00: Story/music time. Read books together. Sing songs. Play musical instruments.
2:00: Quiet time/ Free choice. The kids don’t nap anymore, but they’ll do independent play. This is when we’ll let them play on a tablet or watch a movie some days.
3:00: Movement (yoga, swing, outside)
4:00: Art/ Free time. I’ll set up an activity of the day (watch my stories for what we’re doing!) and when that’s complete, they get independent play (and tablet some days) while we make dinner.
During this time, since we both work from home, Zack and I are planning on “tag teaming” and while one of us works, the other will be playing with the kids. This is also why free time/quiet time is HUGE for us. It gives everyone a break. The baby naps twice each day, and otherwise is along for the fun. :) I’ll be sharing specific activities just for him, too, also in my stories! I’ll do a blog post with them all in one place too, coming up later this week!
And some resources:
This Reading Mama has some awesome free printables- I printed out her visual schedules for the day! LOVE them!
Mama Notes has tons of great activities for kids, I plan on doing quite a few!
I will be sharing everything day by day in my Instagram stories, so be sure to follow along there! And most importantly: stay healthy, and enjoy this time with your families. We are all in this together.