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Today, many of us are home with our kids, unable to socialize or meet up with friends for the next few weeks.
In light of that, I created a download of my personal daily schedule and made it available here:
What’s on the Daily Schedule?
Since we have nothing at all our schedule that we normally would have, such as school, Upward basketball games or going to the YMCA (all cancelled), my husband and I created our own schedule for the family. He’s working from home as well as studying for his grad school classes which are operating remotely, and will mostly be out of sight in our bedroom upstairs.
My schedule for the rest of us consists of a variety of activities, including academic time, free play, exercise and screen time. And food. We aren’t skipping meals around here!
Here’s a snapshot: This morning after breakfast, I read the Bible to the girls while they played and built with blocks.
I let them listen passively while I read because I know they need something to occupy their busy hands and bodies. Some of the reading stuck– my 3-year-old asked me this morning: “Mom, what is mercy?” after the word came up in a verse.
Moments like that make me realize how precious these times at home can be and remind me not to take them for granted.
How Strictly Do I Stick To The Schedule?
I think of my schedule as more of a routine than strictly sticking to the clock. We try to have lunch around 11:00 am every day, because if we wait longer, the kids turn into wild hangry animals.
I find that flowing from one predictable activity to the next helps ease transitions and give the kids something to look forward to, but we don’t have to transition at exactly the same time each day.Flowing from one predictable activity to the next helps ease transitions and give kids something to look forward to. You don't have to transition at exactly the same time each day. #kidsroutine #stuckathome Click To Tweet
I learned this during our experience homeschooling last year, and I plan to adopt that same approach these next few weeks.
How To Create Your Own Daily Schedule
To create your daily schedule, you want to start with a basic idea and hone it over a few days or a week.
You don’t need to have a perfect schedule at the beginning. (If you think you do, you might go insane after the first few hours when your kids throw all the markers out of the box onto the floor instead of following your clear orders).
Start with a basic idea for your day. Then, as you try it out, you’ll be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t.For a daily routine with your kids, start with a basic idea for your day. Then, as you try it out, you'll be able to figure out what works and what doesn't. #kidsroutine #dailyschedule Click To Tweet
I suggest using a variety of academic subjects such as reading, writing, math, science, art, PE, music, reading, spelling, and the list goes on. The good thing is, you don’t have to use each one everyday.
Set aside a time (or two) in your day for “academics,” then each night you can choose which subject you’ll cover the next day.
Or, pick it on the spot when the time rolls around. I’m not that quick-thinking all the time so I like to have a few options ready in the back of my mind.
But sometimes deciding on the fly works out really well. Like today when my kids got dressed up and wanted to have a dance party.
Music and PE, check.
Get A Free Schedule Template + Example Here
If you want some extra help figuring out your schedule, grab my free Sample Schedule and Template with my daily activities and ideas. You can get it here: