As a teacher, I spend most of the day with your children. I learn their likes, dislikes, and mannerisms. I see the good, the bad, and the ugly. One thing is for sure: THEY NEED A SCHEDULE :)
I know, I know. That’s her big advice? A schedule? What am I reading this for? But wait a minute and hear me out.
In school students have a set schedule. Starting from 3K all the way up to high school. The only difference is what the schedule entails.
For younger ones (3-5 age range) it should look something along the lines like this: For older ones 5 and up it's pretty much the same. Maybe just without the nap!
Get washed up/dressed
Gross Motor (MOVEMENT)
Interaction/ engaged time
This is a basic schedule that does not need extravagance.
Gross motor? Let’s play tag or ride our bikes or scooters outside. Too cold? Let’s build with household items or toys if available.
Morning activities? HA! Let’s have a conversation and let’s quickly read together!
Playtime! Easy! Educational games can be bought or made using paper and pencil. Some examples are:
Color and Shape Bingo
Creating A Dramatic Play area (like the kitchen)
Interaction/ Engaged time? Play with them instead of just watching them!
Now I know some of yall are thinking about the most obvious issue. Time! ‘I have a job and I can’t be there all day! No problem!
Children have school anyways. But, on the days they don’t such as pandemic-related school closure or just the weekend. It’s never too late to start!
Be creative! I know we are ALL doing our best so here are some helpful tricks that’ll hopefully make your day, week, month, and the year just a bit easier.
*Same schedule, different activities* A whole lot of fun!!!
A Tip-Filled Teacher