I am committed to staying positive during this crazy coronavirus outbreak. I had to create a schedule mostly for the sanity of my kids— they can get bored so easily. They thrive on a schedule (so do I) and they are so excited for their first week of this. I am hoping to keep them engaged by a schedule that will be filled with brain exercises, physical exercise, sensory, play, choice time, iPads/movies, Art, crafts and outdoor activities.
The schedule I created above is mostly for Windsor. Arabella is in kindergarten and will go to an e-learning platform already on Monday. I am super impressed on how her school is handling this. We received the cutest video from the three kindergarten teachers explaining what they can expect and putting this in terms the kids can understand. I feel very confident with the direction her e-learning is going. We will then have her week off for spring break and then back to another week plus of e-learning. During her week of spring break I will probably create a similar schedule for the kids but make it more fun based and try my hardest to make this memorable for them (somehow, still have to get creative there). Windsor is used to going to school 3x a week but in her off time we are very busy, playing, running errands, doing activities and classes.
I feel like this schedule is super appropriate for any kids ages 3-6. If you want to implement something similar for your older kids you can do so by just changing the activity but sticking to the same basic layout will help frame your day. As a stay at home mom this is kinda how our day goes, we engage, we play, we move from activity to activity very quickly at this age.
I wanted to highlight some ideas within each time blocked activity so you guys have ideas on different things to do each day for each time block. Please also go to Pinterest, I find so many amazing ideas there!
sensory table — every morning at Windsor’s Day School she looks forward to the sensory table. They change it weekly and usually do something holiday appropriate, seasonally appropriate or just super fun for the kids. Weekly I plan to change out what is in the table so the kids can spend their first part of the day here. Pinterest has some amazing ideas simply just search sensory table ideas. The first one I’m doing split peas, rainbow scoopers and gems and beads in rainbow colors (a little late on st. Party’s day but they will love and I thought it was a cute idea)
calendar for the day — every morning we will discuss the date, the weather, a current event, a historical event, and the plan for the day. I will try to stick with a weekly theme to tie everything together when it comes to a historical event and current event.
academic time— realistically Windsor’s academic time is more learning through playtime but we will implement fun ways to count objects, work on letters recognition, writing and anything that fits into this category. I honestly didn’t allow to much time for this as I know it’s just a short window at her age.
art time— we will paint, cut out objects, color, glue, tape, draw anything art related. I will try to come up with something every day (utilizing Pinterest) that goes with theme this week (the first week being st.patricks day). And the weeks to follow I will change with the corresponding theme.
choice time— playing, barbies, iPad, legos, magnatiles anything she wants to do for a solid hour and the second choice time will be 30 min. I won’t be mad if she picks her ipad, i get so much done when they go on these! ha
recess— hopefully it will be warm and we can go kick the ball, do chalk, swing on our playground, hop scotch, jump rope, run, slide, anything that you can do when getting outside that is free time and unstructured.
reading/quiet time— I will probably read to her or put on a video. Something educational.
music time- I’m really excited for music time. I was told there are some fun apps for this so I plan to lead it myself with songs that are familiar and instruments we have. I’ll do more research on apps and share.
wellness— wellness is like recess but structured. We will do yoga, running, bouncing, jump rope, hula hoop, dance, balls, any kind of movement.
innovation lab— this one I’m excited about, check out my kids craft ideas pin board. I’ve been pinning crafts for days and I’ve never tapped into. Think things like paper crafts, slime, sewing, beading, making, anything you can innovate! I’m going to try to use things around the house and if you watch my insta daily I’ll make sure to share. I’ve got cardboard boxes, and lots of future empty tp rolls we can out to use for crafts haha!
The kids THRIVE on their activities they do outside of school so I thought it would be fun for them to keep going but have new coaches, Greg & I. So Greg will teach golf and soccer. We will make it like we would should we actually go to that facility and get in the proper gear only we will stay home. I will teach dance. Yup, I’m actually going to make up a routine for the girls to learn. The girls will get into their dance uniforms and everything. And I will teach gymnastics even though I’ll be clueless for this one! Dance I have a small background so I can whip up some stuff there. No better time to introduce an instrument and I will have to look online for help here.
I am obviously uncertain on how long this social distancing will last but I want to make things as smooth as I can here for everyone so I think having something like this will ease the girls from being bored. I will do a follow up once I find some fun apps and get in the groove (hopefully next Monday) of things and give you some tips and ideas from things I have learned.
hope this is helpful. I had fun planning this and looking forward to spending (even more) time with the girls while they are still so little. I can’t help but think wow, Arabella is living through this and will remember it so I want it to be as positive as it can be given the circumstances. Windsor, too, but she likely won’t remember.
now let’s beat this virus and get back to school!