Creating a Schedule
How to create a schedule conducive for at-home learning
Learning from home can feel like a departure from a set routine and structure, but there are ways to create a schedule at home that can help with a sense of stability.
Waking up at the same time every day can be the first important step in creating a daily schedule. The mornings can be a good time to review the schedule and expectations. It can be helpful to provide a to-do checklist to older students to help them track their progress.
When it's time for class work to begin, find a distraction free area for everyone.
It's important to break up school work with activities like exercise, snacks, or even just a break. For younger students, Healthy Children.org recommends 20 minutes of class time broken up by 10 minute breaks.
Setting a timer can help with students working on their own. Balancing work with rest helps to keep up a student's motivation, and can help to retain a child's attention.
Dinner can be a time to reflect on learning experiences, and to check in to see what is going well and what isn't. The first schedule you try may not work out, but with enough tweaking you can find a routine that works.
The New Teaching Project has a pamphlet with example schedules for elementary school children, and it gives advice on what expectations you should have. Edutopia also has a helpful guide on how to increase a student's motivation while learning from home.