COVID-19 DAILY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Eat breakfast, get dressed, make bed, hair done
Math work, flash cards, study guides, work on teacher homework, online conference calls and instruction with teachers and other students, etc. Schedule brain break activities away from the computer or homework for several minute intervals according to age appropriateness. See attached sheet for brain break activities or have children walk the dog or walk outside, ride bikes, or participate in 15-20 minutes of yoga if weather does not permit being outside.
Elementary: Cosmic Yoga Kids workout
Junior High/High School: Wanderlust Teen Yoga workouts
Brain Breaks: Elementary Every 20 minutes-hour depending on age
Junior High/High School Every hour-hour and a half
Legos, magnetixs, puzzles, drawing, crafting, playing music, creative writing, cook or bake, etc. See attachments below for screen free time ideas for elementary-high school.
NO ELECTRONICS! Read a book, nap, puzzles, do school counseling character ed lessons, non screen activity lessons (see attachment below), do specialties classes (see attachment below).
Work on study material, iPad games, educational shows, homework, lessons plans.
Bikes, walk the dog, play outside, etc.
Work on sports workouts given from coaches
TV time, internet time, video games
Finish workouts if needed
Online social time with friends
Shower, get homework lessons & clothes set out for the next day
Bedtime for elementary aged students, reading and quiet time for junior high and high school students.
Schedule Provided by BurntApple.com
AT HOME DAILY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
ACADEMIC TIME CREATIVE TIME FREE TIME EXERCISE SPECIALTIES
Schedule Provided by BurntApple.com
SPECIALTIES: Classes taken in elementary & junior high/high school like art, computers, PE, and music. Different art and computer lessons can be found online for elementary-high school ages.
Elementary PE: Mrs. Jolly’s Online PE Class (YouTube), Kids Workout by Moe Jones
Junior High/High School PE: Break out the old school Wii, find and do some online workouts or dances, etc. If permitted and allowed in your area at this time, take your teenager with you to the gym so they can keep up on workouts. You can also schedule 1:1 or small group sessions with their coach if your area is allowing those types of visits at their school.
SCHOOL COUNSELING CHARACTER ED: School counselors or social workers at your child’s school often share character education lessons to your child. Lessons often include material on resiliency, social and emotional learning, dealing with anxiety, problem solving and dealing with friends. School counselors are providing lessons and counseling (if directed) from their schools during this time.
BRAIN BREAKS: When school work or homework gets hard, brain breaks are great ways to stop and take a few minutes away from frustrations before returning back to studying.
Elementary: Jack Hartmann Dance and Freeze Brain Breaks, Imagery Brain Break, 12 Illusion Brain Breaks,
Junior High/High School: Imagery Brain Break, Optical Illusion Brain Breaks, Pen Flipping Brain Breaks: https://youtu.be/DljEkH3ibj8 Crab Brain Break: https://youtu.be/dp0sa7Z72R8 Dancing Brain Break for Teens: https://youtu.be/m0uiA6UITDw
GIANT LIST OF IDEAS FOR BEING HOME WITH KIDS
( for: actual quarantine, school closures, weekend, social distancing, anytime!)
Thanks to the Princess Awesome & Boy Wonder Community for the amazing suggestions!!
E= Elementary Age JH/HS=Junior High/High School
- Have each kid pick a topic they'd like to learn about and spend 30 mins each day on that topic E, JH/HS
- Spend one day reading every single picture book we have in the house E
- Go through all the old mail laying around (ok, that one's not for kids although they do enjoy helping tear stuff up) E
- Bake something every day E, JH/HS
- Have each kid write a letter and/or emails to a different friend or family member each day E, JH/HS
- Use all of our building toys on one giant structure E
- Wash our hands!!!! E, JH/HS
- Races of various kinds in the backyard (hopping on one foot, crabwalk, walking backwards, etc.) E
- Try stop motion animation with playdough E, JH/HS
- Facetime grandparents a lot E, JH/HS
- watch everything on Disney+, E, JH/HS
- inventory the plants & wildlife (from bugs on up) in your yard. E
- learn the parts of plants/flowers & how they function (bonus if they learn the Latin names). E, JH/HS
- if you aren't too squeamish & have a spare clear shoebox size tote or 5-10 gallon tank, catch some pillbugs (rolly pollies, sowbugs) & observe them (if you really do this, i can tell you how to set them up. i have about a thousand of them currently because it's too cold here to thin the herd & they've been reproducing all winter. they're pretty interesting). E
- write a short story & illustrate it. E, JH/HS
- learn how to do simple book binding. E, JH/HS
- make paper (from your old mail!) E, JH/HS
- have the kids help with yardwork in between playing games outside. They're little, but they like getting dirty and "working" in the gardens. E, JH/HS
- GoNoodle! Great for guided movement, relaxation, etc. E
- Board games, card games E, JH/HS
- Legos. E, JH/HS
- We have some extreme dot to dot books (1400 dots) that the kids love, especially the 5 year old! E
- Lots of reading, playing with the dog, E,JH/HS
- Working on learning to sew using stuff we have on hand. E
- Card making/scrapbooking projects (mostly for me but kids can do it too). E, JH/HS
- Getting the garden ready, we need to weed and work the ground. I might get seeds and we'll set up to have our own starts this year. E, JH/HS
- Make tents and reading caves : ) flashlights, tidy snacks, books, and pillows! E, JH/HS
- Have a shadow show in the reading tent (we used blankets over chairs or a table) E
- Get binoculars and learn about the birds near your house, look them up on google and search for their birdcalls on YouTube E, JH/HS
- Learn how to make a stuffed animal E
- Play with cornstarch and water and cheap action figures E
- many educational websites are waving fees if your students school is closed
- Collect a bunch of tape markers and cardboard boxes. That'll keep them busy for a day or two. E
- Watch all the hand washing videos & vote on your favorite. Discuss why each good, helpful, funny. The Holderness parody one is hilarious, the Vietnam Tiktok one is great choreography, some have good songs etc. E
- Also pick your favorite song with a 20 second refrain or verse perfect for hand washing length of time. E
- Family puzzles. Ones that are 500-1000 pieces and a challenging but not frustrating picture E, JH/HS
- We homeschool (4 kids) and honestly, just have fun!!!!!
- Team up and really clean and organize each kid's space, making a donation box for each. Parents are included. E, JH/HS
- Have a board game day E, JH/HS
- kids can also make their own games! Board games, card games, you name it! My daughter spent a lot of time this winter creating soccer and football games played with cards for moves and pieces made out of legos E, JH/HS
- Write a story cooperatively. One person picks a character and the other picks a setting and then go gangbusters together. E, JH/HS
- the folding picture story one! We called it “eat poop you cat” one person draws a small picture across the top of a paper the next person writes a sentence that describes that picture and folds Over the paper top of the paper hot dog style to cover the picture. So the 3rd person only sees a sentence and they have to draw a picture. They fold over the sentence. E, JH/HS
- Any and all art is fun at home: beading, painting, drawing, play dough or kinetic sand, sewing, etc. when my daughter was young we could do art all day. E
- Massive board game tournament with all the (mostly forgotten) board games we own! E, JH/HS
- Stolen from “growing up global fb page”
- If your school is going on #quarantine and running #schoolonline, get #GlobalKids for the special price of just $10.98. Take a screen-free, curiosity + creativity boosting, global empathy + engagement trip around the world, from comfort of your home E, JH/HS
- My daughter (6) has enjoyed doing yoga at home. There are kid-friendly YouTube videos and printed cards with poses. E
- Zumba or Dance-along videos on YouTube E, JH/HS
- We home school exclusively and the best advice I have is check out Pinterest. There are tons of ideas for activities, games, etc. E, JH/HS
- Draw self portraits on blank faces E
- color coded different interesting places on a map. E
- I've had them draw maps of places and then make directions from one place to another to see if someone else could follow it. E
- We've done scavenger hunts, indoor treasure hunts where they follow clues through the house to a "treasure" at the end (could be candy, a movie, whatever), and a lot of charades. E
- I made videos with my 3rd grade daughter teaching kids how to write code. Check out the videos here E
- My daughter wanted a doll house for her 18" dolls. We saved cardboard boxes and got more from Dollar general and got to work. The closets and couch are cardboard as well. E
- There are a few easy "kitchen chemistry" type science experiments that are easy to do, like making slime, baking soda and vinegar reaction, etc. E
- we put food coloring under the baking soda in a mini muffin pan and used Pipette to drop vinegar in and then you can see the color! E
- Last summer we did an experiment to learn what each ingredient did for a cake (so we made one following the recipe, one without eggs, one without milk, etc.). We then compared and contrasted the different cakes ... Then we ate a lot of weird cake. E
- There are a bunch of ideas on the lab section of our webpage! And we have letters from women in STEM around the world! E, JH/HS
- give the dogs a bath and brush E, JH/HS
- wash and clean out my car (mostly their food trash and dirty socks) E, JH/HS
- mow the lawn (my 11 year old just learned!) E, JH/HS
- play sidewalk chalk outside E, JH/HS
- glow stick party E
- popcorn + movie marathon E, JH/HS
- Listen to kid podcasts - we love story pirates and smash boom best. E
- Declutter toys! E
- Have an Olympics with a bunch of events competitions - funny ones, helpful ones like cleaning and really fun ones like minute to win in style. E
- Learn new card games E, JH/HS
- We’re going to learn to make sushi! E, JH/HS
- Lots of art projects! E, JH/HS
- Dig up all the activity books, presents, etc that never got played with, and use those! E, JH/HS
- There’s always time tested building a tent in the house with blankets and chairs. Great for just before nap time. E
- We are going to bust out our hiking gear and try new hiking paths. As long as you stay away from over populated areas you will naturally stay a safe distance from others and sick people generally don't hike! E, JH/HS
- Do a study on planets, then have the kids create their own planets- how big is it, where in the universe is it located, atmosphere conditions, can it sustain life, how long is a day/year, name it, etc. E, JH/HS
- you could even spread the planets out around the house to show "approx." distance from each other.
- Watch this to learn about relative distance
- Design a new space craft, draw plans, then create out of legos or household items. Spend some time pretending you're on different planets with different gravity, you could seriously spend a whole week on just fun space activities.E, JH/HS
- But that's not limited to space- these ideas would work for animals, geography, body systems, historical events/time periods, etc. Beyond that, do some fun physics experiments like making a bridge out of straws, egg drop protectors, paper airplanes, etc.
- PuppetMaster: an app where you can animate anything from a drawing to a stuffed animal. E
- Practice spinning poi - my daughter is just learning how to spin and it’s been fun practicing together.E
- Puzzle races: put several puzzles (20+ piece puzzles) in a paper bag and shake it up. Pour pieces out and give each person the puzzle box they are to put together. Go! (Cooperation tends to be a result as pieces are traded.) E
- Dig through cabinets and figure out recipes for that thing you got at the grocery store and thought "this is interesting surely it can be used for something!" And then make it! E, JH/HS
- Audible! E, JH/HS
- Water play E
- Make ice cream E, JH/HS
- Make and play with Play dough E
- Gardening E, JH/HS
- I let them “paint the fence” with washable paints outside E
- My mother used to let us put on swimsuits and get out our beach towels and have a pretend beach party on rainy or snowy days, complete with Beach Boys music. E
- Read a book. (101 best chapter books – many of these are for younger kids, but there are books on the list that will also appeal to tweens and teens)
- Read a picture book to younger siblings. (Here are 101 Picture Books that every kid should hear.)
- Listen to an audiobook.
- Do an experiment with paper shapes.
- Play with perspective.
- Do paper chromatography.
- Do t-shirt chromatography.
- Build paper towers.
- Do an experiment with soda.
- Do an egg drop experiment.
- Microwave soap.
- Go to the beach.
- Go to the pool.(if allowed)
- Play a board game. (The the best games for tweens, teens, and adults – all family-friendly and nothing vulgar)
- Make homemade root beer sherbet.
- Make homemade ice cream.
- Make a terrarium.
- Make egg geodes.
- Interview each other.
- Make a geoboard.
- Do a random act of kindness.
- Go to the zoo. (if allowed)
- Go to the aquarium. (if allowed)
- Have a glow stick treasure hunt. – They could easily set this up for each other with minimal parent involvement.
- Make a tape resist painting. – Challenge them to make their names with tape and paint over that.
- Play glow in the dark ring toss.
- Make a fairy garden.
- Make a mosaic using dyed rice.
- Make astronaut pudding.
- Make marzipan piggies.
- Melt beads for suncatchers.
- Play or explore in a creek.
- Go to an amusement park. (if allowed)
- Go to a water park.(If allowed)
- Grow a garden.
- Grow a Venus Flytrap.
- Write in a journal.
- Test out paper airplanes.
- Make slime.
- Make string art.
- Make washi tape butterflies.
- Make a homemade pizza in the oven.
- Make a homemade pizza on the grill.
- Cook something.
- Play water balloon dodgeball.
- Have a sponge relay race.
- Play catch.
- Plant a tree.
- Bake cookies.
- Blow bubbles.
- Sing patriotic songs like My Country Tis of Thee, God Bless America, the Star Spangled Banner, and America the Beautiful.
- Play frisbee.
- Play bocce ball.
- Play lawn darts. (They’re not like they used to be.)
- Play croquet.
- Play horseshoes. (You don’t need pits for this set from Amazon, and you can even play in the house.)
- Go for a hike.
- Start an exercise routine and commit to exercise every single day.
- Challenge a friend to a Chopped-style cooking competition.
- Find something at the thrift store that you can sell on eBay for profit. (if allowed)
- Do some extra chores to earn a few dollars.
- Turn a piece of old clothing into something new.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter. (if allowed)
- Volunteer at the library. (if allowed)
- Call a friend.
- Make a kite and fly it.
- Host a sleepover like in the old days. (if allowed)
- Start a nature journal / sketchbook and work on it every day.
- Color your hair. (We tried hair wax and thought it was nasty. Go for a semi permanent color that will wash out over time.)
- Learn a new instrument.
- Go to the movies. (if allowed)
- Go out to lunch with mom or dad.
- Take an online class. We have taken dozens of classes on all kinds of topics through Outschool and love the format.
- Learn to play tennis.
- Learn to play golf.
- Make a bucket list.
- Have a silly string battle.
- Write a group story – one person write 2 sentences then passes the paper to the next person, who also writes 2 sentences and passes it on.
- Create a funny skit and video it.
- Do something for the neighbor – offer to clean her windows, vacuum for her, mow her lawn, etc.(if allowed)
- Plan a meal, shop for the ingredients, and give your mom the night off.
- Make a mural with sidewalk chalk.
- Plan a craft for the neighborhood kids.
- Make a music video.
- Give a friend a makeover.
- Go to an outdoor concert. (if allowed)
- Go to an outdoor movie. (if allowed)
- Make a taco bar for lunch or dinner.
- Make walking tacos for dinner – start with a small bag of doritos for each person, then dump in a few ounces of taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Eat with a fork. Walking optional. (My kids LOVE these!)
- Play frisbee golf.
- Go to an arcade. (if allowed)
- Play skeeball.
- Go go-cart racing.(if allowed)
- Make something you found on Pinterest.
- Learn a new dance from YouTube.
- Do a photo scavenger hunt.
- Make a time capsule.
- Go for a train ride.
- Go indoor rock climbing.
- Go to the library. (if allowed)
- Make something from paper mâché – masks are fun, but so are piñatas, houses, and just about every other thing I’ve ever made. Use your imagination.
- Homemade bowling – spray paint 2-liter bottles, fill them halfway with rice or dried beans, and set them up in the yard. Use a kickball or soccer ball to knock them down.
- Learn how to tie dye.
- Go on a picnic.
- Go bird watching.
- Explore a small area in your yard with a magnifying glass.
- Go geocaching.
- Create a new geocache and hide it.
- Go on a hike in the woods.
- Play balloon volleyball.
- Camp out in the backyard.
- Make toy parachutes.
- Make some homemade juggling balls and learn how to juggle.
- Make bath bombs using citric acid and baking soda.
- Write a letter to Grandma.
- Learn about constellations so you can find them at night.
- Publish a pretend newspaper.
- Learn origami.
- Try to replicate famous art.
- Learn the alphabet in sign language.
- Pick flowers from your garden and make a flower arrangement for your dining room table.
- Jump on the trampoline.
- Learn to hula hoop.
- Host a tea party. Bonus if you read poetry and serve brownies. (if allowed)
- Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
- Make indoor s’mores – stack a graham cracker, square of chocolate, and marshmallow. Top with another graham cracker and microwave for 10 seconds.
- Explore the world with Google Maps or Google Earth.
- Make friendship bracelets.
- Do some Mad Libs.
- Learn a new card game.
- Learn how to do Sudoku.
- Jump rope.
- Write a haiku.
- Make a card and mail it to someone special.
- Play charades.
- Learn a poem and recite it to your mom.
- Make a photo album.
- Organize your bedroom.
- Climb a tree.
- Visit a farmer’s market and try something you’ve never eaten before. (if allowed)
- Go roller skating.
- Play Twister. (Take this outside if you’re like us and lack living room floor space.)
- Take silly selfies.
- Write to a pen pal or sponsored child.
- Sew a pillow.
- Make a sundae bar with lots of toppings.
- Search the couch for loose change.
- Bathe the dog.
- Run in the sprinkler.
- Search for four-leaf clovers.
- Draw pictures.
- Learn a few magic tricks.
- Listen to music.
- Write a story.
- Write a letter to the president.
- Fix something that’s broken.
- Read a magazine.
- Go through your stuff and fill a bag with items to donate.
- Write in a journal.
- Try a new craft.
- Search for cool rocks.
- Look at old pictures.
- Make pipe cleaner jewelry.
- Take a bubble bath.
- Water the plants.
- Have a dance party.
- Ride your bike.
- Wash the car.
- Create a comic book.
- Write a song.
- Do handprint art.
- Do footprint art.
- Have a staring contest.
- Blow cotton swabs through a straw at a bowl. (My kids love this!)
- Play badminton.
- Make a tie blanket out of fleece.
- Make a tie pillow out of fleece.
- Make up new rules to an old game.
- Build a bird house.
- Have a water gun battle.
- Catch fireflies.
- Paint rocks with paint.
- Heat rocks in the oven and “paint” them with crayons. (Be super careful!)
- Walk the dog. (Don’t have a dog? Walk the neighbor’s dog!)
- Have a scavenger hunt. (Search on Pinterest for a good template.)
- Weed the garden.
- Make a stop-motion video.
- Build a volcano out of paper mâché or modeling clay and then explode it using baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, and some food coloring.
- Hunt for animal tracks.
- Make a magazine collage or vision board.
- Have a living room picnic.
- Learn to crochet. (This is the YouTube video that I used when I first learned.)
- Make marshmallow and toothpick towers.
- Play with Magformers.
- Play hide and seek.
- Redecorate your bedroom.
- Build with Lego.
- Have a Nerf Gun battle.
- Take some interesting photos.
- Challenge someone to an UNO championship.
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