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Home-Schooling Schedule - Template

Posted 11 August 2020
by Clare Davy

Many parents across the globe are facing the challenge of having to home-school their children during the COVID-19 pandemic while balancing work and other parenting responsibilities. Below is an example template you can use to help you schedule your day and successfully find a balance between work, wellbeing, and home-schooling.

Step 1. Consider the types of activities you want to include in your day

Some examples include

  • Wellbeing time
  • Family connection time
  • Snack and mealtime
  • Outdoor time
  • Quiet/reading time
  • Independent learning time/Work time
  • Semi-independent learning time/Work time
  • Playtime
  • Screen/Tech time
  • Social connection time
  • Household chores

These activities are just some examples you may wish to consider however, you may want to include activities that are relevant to your family and household. Children thrive on order, routine and knowing what is ahead. Therefore, having these regularly scheduled activities gives them a sense of normalcy in these uncertain times. 

Step 2. Create your daily schedule based on your chosen regular activities

Below is a sample schedule based on the above activities:

7 am – Wake up and family connection time

Making some one-on-one time with your children in the morning is important to ‘fill up their bucket’ and sets them up to be more independent later in the day. You could incorporate wellbeing time by going for a morning walk together or eating a healthy breakfast together as a family.

8:30 am – 9 am – Set up for independent learning time/work time

Depending on the age of your child use this time to set up independent learning activities (this may be something you need to set up or might be activities set by your child’s school) and get them ready and focused. Refer to the Guide to Home-Schooling for a comprehensive list of independent learning activities.

9 am – 10 am – Independent learning time/work time

Once your child/children have been set up to work independently, this allows you time to do your set work tasks.

10:30 am – Take a break together

Go for a walk or play outside. And have a snack.

11 am – Independent/semi-independent learning time/work time

Semi-independent learning will require you to assist your child at times. You may set them up next to you so you can continue to complete some of your own work tasks while helping them when needed.

12 pm – Lunchtime

Try to use this time for family connection. If there are two adults in the household sharing the home-schooling load, you may want to alternate days when you have lunch with your children allowing the other parent to have some focused work time.

1 pm - Quiet/reading time or independent play for older children

If your child no longer naps, establish regular ‘quiet time’ or time for independent play. Spend some time reading to your child or helping them set up an independent activity, such as drawing/colouring, jigsaw puzzles, or Lego. Once they are set up and engaged in their activity, this gives you time to fulfil some more work tasks. This is also an opportunity for you to have a few moments of peace and quiet. 

3 pm – Optional screen/tech time, outside play or time for social connection

It is important to reconnect with your child after you have been engaged in separate activities, by having a snack together, asking them about what they were doing, or checking in with their feelings. Then you may allow them to watch television or play games on their tablet. This is also a good time to encourage them to connect with their friends. Older children can do this independently while younger children will need your assistance in setting up a phone call or video technology.

4 pm – Household chores - ‘Hour of Power’

Encourage your children to help with household chores. Consider age-appropriate chores for your children to do. Challenge them to complete set chores in a certain timeframe, for example, ‘an hour of power’, and if they finish their jobs within the hour, they can use that time for more screen time or playtime.  For some families, you want to schedule your ‘hour of power’ before optional screen time as an incentive.

5 pm – Wellbeing time

Use this time to switch off from work and home-schooling. Your wellbeing time may include exercise, meditation, hobbies, or time spent outside. In reality, many of us will need to log on in the evening to catch up on some work. However, it is important to allocate time during your day to switch off from work mode even if it is for a short period of time. 

Step 3. Reassess and refine as you go

Remember, this is just an example. Every family has different priorities, interests and needs which will be reflected in their schedule. Create a simple schedule for your family and reassess each week to see what is working and make any necessary changes. You may even benefit from creating a few different schedules for different days of the week depending on the requirements and needs of your family.

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