How can we support each other as we handle life at home with multiple roles (work, school, parent) at the same time?
These are some tips and strategies to help guide your day:
Planning and Organizing
- Use a white board or large calendar to display every family member’s schedule. Color code each family member’s schedule on the family calendar for ease of discovery. This helps build empathy and understanding for what each other is doing. It also helps family members to know when each other is available for conversation or questions.
- Create of spreadsheet of assignments with due dates and check them off when they are done. Celebrate the weekly accomplishments.
- Set up different rooms in the house for “workspace” so that you don’t interrupt each other.
Click this link for more organization tips.
Starting the day
- Set a time to get up, get dressed and be ready for the day as if you were going to school. Treating the morning classroom Zoom meetings as if you are in school, lends credibility and a sense of normalcy to the distance learning experience.
- Take morning walks as a family.
- Family prayer or morning meditation.
- Review the family calendar together.
- Have an inspirational quote of the day.
- Consider scheduling quiet time.
- Take brain breaks from the screen (run outside for 10 minutes, build with Legos, drink water)
- Make a snack basket with healthy snacks to grab.
- Create a list of chores and schedule them into each family members day.
- Listen to an audio book. Tap into the Jacksonville Public Library’s audio books, especially if your child's too young to read independently, pick up audio versions of their favorite books.
- Start a family puzzle.
- Practice gratitude by writing what you are thankful for on Post It notes and display them in your home.
- Create a scavenger hunt. Make a list of things to find on 3X5 cards. For little ones you can take pictures of things and print them for your child to find or just say, “Find me something that starts with the letter B," and let them run around the house searching.
- Start a family art project such as a drawing or a sculpture that everyone can add to.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Acknowledging life’s difficulties with an attitude of gratitude can re-frame even a pandemic.
Check out this link for a free Gratitude Journal and other free social-emotional activities.
- Roller Coaster/Uncertainty/Surreal
Although this Reach Out organization is based out of Australia, the information from their link is helpful.
Humor is helpful!
- Send a note through the neighborhood asking neighbors to come to the end of their driveway at a specific time to socialize from a distance.
- Organize a “drive by” for someone who is having a birthday.
- Start an old fashioned “pen pal” relationship by writing a friend a letter and asking them to write back.
- Start a chess game on FaceTime or Zoom.
- Start a cooking contest and share your recipes.
- Set up a Zoom homework club.
Activities for PreK 3, PreK 4 CLICK HERE