Time for a new schedule. ;) I love schedules and planning. Which is amusing, because once I have them in place, I sometimes hate “being ran by the clock,” so…oh well. LOL Imma enjoy whatever I can right now, though, ok?? And we’re flexible with all of this, anyway, this is just a guideline. AND it’s for MonTues/ThursFri–we’re having Weekend Wednesdays. LOL
1:30 Painting the interior of the house! Kids are required to help for part of the time.
(Free time whenever we finish what we need to that day until dinner.)
7:00 Free time
9:00 Bedtime reading (We take turns reading them a chapter a night of a book we want to share with them. Thomas read The Neverending Story, and now I am reading My Side of the Mountain. We each have a list we are excited about!)
10:00 Lights out! <3
This schedule won’t really take effect until next week–this week is vacation week for us. (I do still have to work about 3-4 hours a day right now, but even that is less than I was, so this counts as vacation week! This summer I am working summer school, and as of right now, I will be trying to keep it to Wednesday mornings and quiet time.) I personally am looking forward to a refreshed house and plenty of time to scrap. :)
For the most part, it has been good. A positive. Not super closely followed at all times, but in general, helpful. I thought I’d put a breakdown–the ideal–and the reality. :)
8 a.m.Up, breakfast as a family, morning routine Essentially we have done this–some days I sleep past 8, and those are rough days. The kids are always up by 6:30 or 7. They’re old enough to entertain themselves safely until the grown-ups appear. When I can get up with them, it’s a better day, overall, though.
9 a.m.Schoolwork–no screens for kids We have been starting at 9 a.m. with silent reading for 30 minutes and it is perfect for us. I get my coffee, they get to ease into the school day. We do sometimes have schoolwork with screens after this, but right now, all schoolwork is practically on screens, so…oh well. My main goal is they do their 30 minutes of silent reading, and complete at least one other piece of schoolwork, which often takes us to 10:30.
10 a.m.Snack, outside or basement playtime, GoNoodle or workouts Sooo–I mean, I am working from home, I have given up setting up a GoNoodle or something for them. They get themselves a snack and have recess around 10:30 a.m. If it is a nice day, I kick them outside. :) Don’t usually have to make them, though! :) And it lasts an hour.
11 a.m.Home project This still happens, but starts at 11:30 now and is only half an hour. Usually it’s their chores, cooking, cleaning their room, or organizing a section of the house. We’ve done yard work, repairs, and sewing, too!
12 p.m.Lunch as a family Yes! Usually leftovers from dinner the night before or sandwiches. :)
12:30 p.m.Quiet time (where we each go do our own, solo, thing) I get my best work done during this time, no surprise. ;) They kind of don’t want to do solo things, though, they usually end up playing together anyway, which makes my mama heart happy. <3
1:30 p.m.Snack, schoolwork–educational screens ok at this time We don’t necessarily have snack now, it hasn’t been too long since it’s been lunch…but we have started having a little sensory break before afternoon school. Slime, kinetic sand, play-dough, etc. Then we complete 2 more pieces of schoolwork before calling it a day. And somewhere in there they help themselves to a snack.
2:30 p.m. Arts & crafts/music/science experiments So, I’m a horrible person. I taught art for 8 years, leisure skills for 4 years, and music for 15… We have not been doing these past the first 2 weeks. Basically, my work requirements have ramped up and I don’t have any creativity or energy left for these. The kids need them, though! So…we have made art and sensory and music materials available to them and they use them. They participate in their specials Zoom schedule sometime, and on the weekends, we do “drawing lessons,” or make cards to send to friends. I am hoping I have way more energy for this when I am not working for a few weeks this summer! Basically, afternoon school starts around 2 and goes until 3:30.
3 p.m.Outside or basement playtime, GoNoodle or workouts And so, they get recess, or P.E. again at 3:30. We will go for family walks sometimes, or they will play Kinect Adventures or ride bikes, etc.
4 p.m.Social time They both have a kids messaging app and will take turns around this time, contacting friends and family. <3
5 p.m.Make dinner (kids take turns helping, parents take turns leading), eat dinner as a family Not every night, but most, it’s me. I don’t want the kids helping usually, because it’s like a 30 minute mental break from managing kids. :)
6 p.m.Clean up dinner (kids take turns helping), kids take baths Not every night, but most, it’s my husband. And I think, ditto. We have made a new rule, no screens after dinner and it is working very well for us.
7 p.m.Free time Well, this one is working ok. LOL
8 p.m.Bedtime snack, book, yoga The yoga is so laughable, I know…….and yeah, no, it didn’t happen more than a couple of times. :) But we definitely get a bedtime snack and right now, they are getting a chapter a night from The Neverending Story with their Dad. After that, it’s my turn. I’m debating The Boxcar Children or My Side of the Mountain.
8:30Bed 9:00 p.m.Bed–if no arguing/fighting/disrespectfulness that day We shoot for the 8:30 time every day. But the late bedtimes are happening anyway some nights. But we let go of the “if no arguing etc.” requirement because they’ve been fine. When they are super cranky or are otherwise showing they need more sleep, then yeah, they go to bed early, but hey, that was already a thing.
So, for the most part, we are keeping to the general outline. It definitely gave us a good starting point, and has grown and flexed with us and our family’s needs, and I feel like we are in a pretty good groove now. And it will all change in a few more weeks when we have summer!
Who am I kidding? I was only motivated by fear and adrenaline in the first place! But now my allergies have hit, and I forgot my antidepressant yesterday and I’m even *more* scared, so now all I really want to do is SLEEP. I want to curl up under my covers, do nothing but eat all the food I have set aside for the upcoming month, and hide. From the world. From obligations. From news. From people. Including my family!
So I somehow managed to drag myself up and out of bed and into a shower, and that helped. I put real clothes on. Didn’t do my hair beyond a ponytail, or makeup, but did brew myself a BIG cup of coffee. And nuked some oatmeal for breakfast, and set the kids to start their school day with 20 minutes silent reading (which frequently stretches to 30 and has been a WONDERFUL way to ease into our day).
So…I don’t know. I guess the moral to my story is–take your meds, drink your coffee, start your day with a shower–and if you have kids, assign some silent reading to start the day. ;). The first step is the hardest. Hopefully the rest of the day will be easier. <3
As I mentioned in my last post, a structured routine of some sort will help everyone cope with our current social isolation. I have developed our own schedule, taking some inspiration from the schedule I shared earlier. It’s nice and general, but gives us hourly activities to keep us moving in a productive way. It includes time for schoolwork, life skills, socializing, and outside. I will be working from home during this time, too, and I hope this gives us all the structure we need with a nice dose of flexibility on the side. This schedule is for weekdays only, FYI.
8 a.m. Up, breakfast as a family, morning routine
9 a.m. Schoolwork–no screens for kids
10 a.m. Snack, outside or basement playtime (we have a large unfinished basement they like to ride their bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. around), GoNoodle or workouts
11 a.m. Home project (Lots of possibilities here! Cleaning, yardwork, organizing, decluttering, cooking, laundry, other life skills or chores, etc.)
12 p.m.Lunch as a family
12:30 p.m. Quiet time (where we each go do our own, solo, thing)
1:30 p.m. Snack, schoolwork–educational screens ok at this time
2:30 p.m.Arts & crafts/music/science experiments
3 p.m. Outside or basement playtime, GoNoodle or workouts
4 p.m. Social time—video call someone (or more) from our list (we made a list of friends and family to keep in touch with, including people we know to be more vulnerable to this isolation); then free time
5 p.m. Make dinner (kids take turns helping, parents take turns leading), eat dinner as a family
6 p.m. Clean up dinner (kids take turns helping), kids take baths
7 p.m. Free time
8 p.m. Bedtime snack, book, yoga
9:00 p.m. Bed–if no arguing/fighting/disrespectfulness that day