Schools closed down a week ago and the transition to learning from home full time didn’t go as smoothly as I planned. The first two days were pretty much a disaster with trying to adapt to a homeschool schedule while also working full time from home.
By the end of the week, I was handling it much better and today I just wanted to share some tips for those of you who are currently adapting to the learning from home lifestyle or about to have to create a homeschool schedule.
Stick to Your Normal Schedule as Much as Possible
The most important thing to do to have a smooth transition to learning from home is to make sure you stick as close as possible to your normal day to day schedule.
Even though there’s no school, you still need to stick to waking up at the same time each morning and working your normal work from home schedule.
This isn’t summer break, the schools are just shut down temporarily, which means you don’t want the kids out of their normal school routines.
Plus, when they’re doing schoolwork you want to spend time working.
For example, while the kids read I complete urgent work tasks and while they’re doing activity sheets I’ll spend that time responding to emails and social media tasks. That way if questions do arise when they’re working on a new concept I can be readily available to assist while also remaining productive at work.
The bottom line is if you want to cause as little disruption as possible to your kid’s learning schedule and your work schedule.
Prepare Lesson Plans on Sunday
Schedule out your lesson plans for the week as well as your work schedule on Sunday.
Trust me, by having everything printed out and ready to go for the entire week you’ll save yourself so much time.
Sunday is my recommended day as that’s when I do chores and usually prepare for the week, therefore, adding this to my Sunday schedule made the most sense. However, you can choose whichever day works for you.
The key is just to make sure you have the lesson plan planned out for 5 days at a time to make the week run smoother.
Wearing pajamas at home while working can hinder your productivity, so it makes sense that the kids won’t be as focused as they could be if they’re learning from home in pajamas.
Therefore, I have a no pajamas rule during the weekdays even though we are just at home.
Each morning they get up, do hygiene, have breakfast, do morning chores and set up for education time.
Plus, implementing a no pajamas rule will help you stick with your normal schedule.
Have a Dedicated Learning Space
Make sure that the kids have a dedicated learning space.
This could be the kitchen table, learning center, or a place you set up in the living room.
They shouldn’t be completing work from their rooms or lounging around on the floor when reading.
You want to make sure that the learning space is easily accessible and in a place where you can monitor what’s going on even if you’re not in the same room.
In my case, I have three boys so I use the learning center for reading and virtual lesson time while written work is done at the kitchen table.
By having this controlled environment, they’re free from distractions and temptations, while also being able to buckle down and get through their schoolwork.
See Also: How to Create a Learning Center at Home
Keep a Strict Homeschool Schedule
Surviving a quarantine as a work at home mom requires a lot of scheduling as you’ve probably already figured out.
One of the most important schedules is going to be the homeschool schedule itself.
You want to make sure there are set times for everything so the kids and yourself can quickly become accustomed to the new routine.
My homeschool schedule looks a little like this:
- 8:30 – 9:00: Reading
- 9:00 – 9:30: Breakfast
- 9:30 – 11:30: Schoolwork
- 11: 30 – 11:45: Snack
- 11:45 – 12:45: Educational Games
- 12:45 – 1:30: Lunch
- 1:30 – 3:00: Schoolwork
- 3:00 – 4:00: Recess
The schoolwork consists of the packets the schools prepared, which range from reading, math, science, to virtual classwork. I’m not really too strict about the order we complete the lesson plans, however, I make sure that everyone is always working on something different so there isn’t more than one person at a station at a time.
Furthermore, I do recess last so they can get out all of the energy that’s been building for the day and have something to look forward to after the school day ends.
I really don’t like the virtual classwork they have to do as we don’t allow technology use at home on the weekdays, but to combat this I’ve tightened up on their computer settings to only allow the school sites during the weekdays.
To avoid being stressed out at the end of each day it’s important to multitask as much as possible during the day.
For example, clean and do laundry while making meals, check emails and make a quick to-do list while they’re getting dressed and reading in the morning, or workout while they eat lunch.
Each day you’ll find that there are things that you can do while simultaneously working on another thing without compromising the quality of either task.
Use your to-do list as a guide to help you consolidate learning from home tasks with your work tasks to keep you keep everything under control and remain accomplished at the end of each day.
Don’t Panic: You Can Implement a Stress-Free Learning From Home Experience
When hearing that schools have to close for weeks it can bring up some stress. If you’re not already working from home you have to transform into a new role while also playing the role of the education provider.
Homeschooling will be a little tricky at first. However, by following these tips you’ll find that it’s actually easier than you thought to implement a successful learning from home schedule while working from home.
How are you handling the learning from home experience so far? Tell us your tips and tricks in the comments.