Is your COVID-19 homeschool plan getting stale? Or maybe it’s just not working for you at all?
Since it took me about a month to get my own sh** together, I thought I’d share with you what is finally working for us.
Thanks to lower stress block scheduling without time commitments, we have settled into a routine that works for my kids, keeps them from getting burnt out, and also allows me to get some work done in the meantime.
Keep reading to grab a printable block schedule, Zoom call organizer and lists of special subject resources that will keep your kids stimulated for weeks.
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Have you found yourself screaming this (either inside your own head or out loud) when it comes to wearing a million hats that now include homeschool teacher?
Yep, me too. Specifically, I’m done trying to fit my kids’ homeschooling needs into perfect little time blocks. Because let’s face it, they are not sitting in a classroom right now, they are at home, during a tumultuous time. So I’ve adapted to a schedule that, most importantly, gives everyone a break and ditches the clock.
Daily Block Schedule
This 👆 is the current plan that’s working really well for us.
2 Big Changes
You’ll notice there are NO TIMES. We start whenever we get up, we go at our own pace, and we’re done when we’re ready to be done. And when we want to throw this list completely out the window, we do that too.
Another change is the time I expect my kids to do actual school work is CUT WAY DOWN. Two hours (or so) a day on the Google Classroom work assigned by their teachers is more than enough to stay on track. The rest of the time is filled with ways to get their bodies moving, do hands-on projects and just relax.
Zoom Call Tracker
Another lifesaver is a way to track all those Zoom calls. With two kids in regular and gifted classes, it was hard keeping up with all their required Zoom check-ins with teachers, on top of my at-home work schedule and fun events with family and friends. This organizer helps us all keep track.
Special Subject Resources
Since we’ve made more room for special subjects (the fun stuff) like PE, Art, and STEM, we need activities to fill all that time.
Luckily there are a lot of great options out there right now for virtual field trips, tours, and fascinating webcams. Check out my article with a big list of virtual resources here.
But I also wanted plenty of low or no-tech options too. So I created a few lists of ideas.
Here are a few of my favorite resources.
- Virtual Aquarium Tours
- Virtual Polar Bear Field Trip
- Start an egg carton herb garden
- Upcycle something from the recycling bin
- Virtual Museum Tours
- Draw With Mo Willems
- Make a card to mail to a family member, friend or someone in a retirement home
- Paint rocks to put around your neighborhood
You can get all these pages in a bundle to download and print at home, then customize them to what works best for your family. The bundle includes:
- Customizable Daily Schedule
- Zoom Call Organizer
- STEM Project Ideas and Resources
- Nature Project Ideas and Resources
- Art Project Ideas and Resources
- PE Activity Ideas and Resources
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