These resources explain and give great examples of why it is helpful to have a routine during this time. Making a schedule for everyday can be overwhelming, so it can be helpful to think of it as structure not a schedule. Not every day is going to be perfect and some days there will be more lounging than others, but having some structure and expectations of what the day looks like typically decreases stress for children and adults. When there is no plan for the day or week, it can become chaotic quickly. Some of these articles were written before the current restrictions on social distancing, please keep that in mind when they mention playdates.
Main points from the video and article:
- You do not need to recreate school
- You need to create structure and routines
- All children benefit from routines, even if they say they don’t
- The amount of structure depends on your child
- More needs=more structure
- If you have to work from home, build your work time into the schedule as well so if you are unavailable during a period for work, your children will know the expectation for that time
- Involve your child in the structure/schedule
- Follow your childs needs
- It is helpful to have sleep wake/bedtime schedule
- During academic activities, younger children need a break about every 25 minutes. This could be as simple as jumping jacks, or GoNoodle dance videos on Youtube are fun!