Start with a Schedule
May I again encourage you on the importance of a schedule? Don’t make it complicated, but get it down on paper where everyone can see it. I guarantee you that it will eliminate many decisions and distractions and help you accomplish what you need to do each day during these circumstances.
If your children were sent home with schoolwork or your school is doing it online, the schedule will eliminate getting to the end of the day with school or other tasks not accomplished and piling up for the next day.
Ideas for Academic Work If You Don’t Have Any
If you weren’t sent home with your children’s school books and you are winging it, here are some ideas for academic work:
- Have your child read aloud to you. That will develop your child’s reading skills immensely, no matter how good a reader he is already.
- Have your child write an email or letter. Then go over it with him for spelling, grammar, handwriting (if handwritten), and interesting content. This covers several subjects in one and connects the child with grandparents or friends.
- Have your child keep a journal. Again you will be covering writing skills plus grammar and spelling if you go over that with him.
- Look for math facts worksheets online. Knowing the basic math facts equips your child for furthering his math knowledge throughout the grades.
You might be surprised if you had your child do those 3 things each day: read aloud, write something, and complete math facts worksheets, where he would be academically when he is allowed to go back to school compared to his classmates who didn’t have direction and structure in their days.
No matter what your child was or wasn’t sent home with for school, it is likely that their academic work won’t take as long as the hours they were at school each day. If you schedule time for them to play together, play alone, play outside, do chores, play games, and do craft projects, you will help to fill that extra time without having bickering, destructive children on your hands. Remember, keep the schedule simple.
Trusting in Jesus,
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”