Day One at the Amon Academy Home School
by ShaRonda Amon
My daughter and I took out her schoolwork packet and she started to get overwhelmed.Her teachers did an amazing job creating daily plans for her class but she kept staring at the amount of work with wide eyes.School aged children have their day planned out for them at school.It is often posted on the board in front of the class.They can look up and see what time is gym or how many minutes left until language arts is over.Due to the coronavirus, millions of children are spending the upcoming weeks in their home. Parents are now the teachers.Dr. Sophie Bellenis from the Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents says, "It's important to keep up as much consistency as possible. Keeping these small things consistent can help our kids to feel regulated, calm and make a potentially scary situation feel much more predictable". A routine sets the tone for the day and it builds self confidence in your child.They will feel accomplished and it also saves time.
I needed to make her feel at ease so I created a schedule for her based on the all of the work she received for each class.Instantly, she felt better.Parents, please take a moment and create a plan for your child(ren) to help them feel comfortable with this transition.It will also keep them occupied if you are working from home.Just remember to be flexible.Find routines that work for you.At first I was going to let my kids sleep in so I can get work done but I know my kids.If I let my kids sleep in, then whining and complaining ensues. I have to get academics done in the morning.
Routines can contribute to the overall well-being of your entire family. The mental health benefits include reducing stress and help us feel grounded in this unpredictable time. Although I initially created the schedule for my daughter, I realized that it was helpful for all of us.
8:00 – 9:00 Wake up, breakfast
9:00 -10:00 Math
10:00 – 10:30 Art
10:30 – 11:30 Language Arts and Writing
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and Recess
12:30-1:30 Science and Gifted and Talented Assignments
1:30 – 2:30 Online Fun Activity (virtual museum, virtual zoo, etc.)
2:30 – 3:30 Outdoor Fun (nature walk, ride bikes, soccer)