Setting schedules and daily routines can be extremely helpful in providing a quality learning environment. Below is a sample student schedule that could be used (or modified) to help make sure students are getting the most out of each day. Also, a few key reminders for students and parents alike:
- Stay Active! Try to move around throughout the day, and schedule time for daily exercise!
- Stay Rested! Set expectations for bedtime that encourage a full night's sleep!
- Stay Connected! Check email, etusd.org, Google Classroom, the JMS website, and more, to keep up with assignments, activities, and opportunities to connect with teachers and other students through online learning.
The following is a sample schedule, and could be modified for your needs. Also note the suggestions for "Personal Projects" - encourage students to spend time each day learning something new and/or using that creative part of their brain!
Click here for a Google Doc version of this schedule: Sample Student Daily Schedule
|7:00 - 8:00||Wake up. Breakfast. Morning Chores.|
|8:00 - 9:00||Reading Time.|
|9:00 - 10:00||Check email, JMS Classwork/Homework, Google Classroom, Class ETUSD websites. Organize assignments.|
|10:00 - 10:15||Break!|
|10:15 - 12:00||Work on Assignments.|
|12:00 - 1:00||Lunch and lunch cleanup. Break.|
|1:00 - 2:00||Exercise! Go Outside!|
|2:00 - 3:00||Finish Assignments. Email questions to teachers. Read!|
|3:00 - 5:00||Free Time! Consider working on a Personal Project - See some ideas below.|
|5:00 - 6:00||Dinner Chores (Cook, Set the Table, etc)|
|6:00 - 7:00||Eat Dinner (No tech at dinner! Share what you learned today!)|
|7:00 - 8:00||Dinner Chores.|
|8:00 - 10:00||Free Time!|
|10:00||Go to Bed! (No tech in the bedroom!)|
Personal Project Ideas:
Music. Learn a new instrument. Practice an instrument you already know.
Strategic Thinking. Play a board game with your family. Design a new game. Design new rules for an existing game. Puzzles are great ways to spend family time.
Artistic Expression. Start a sketchbook. Draw items (or people) you see every day. Practice using multiple types of art - painting, drawing, origami, etc. Build something from recycled materials.
Movement. Challenge yourself to 5 minutes of movement every hour. Vary your movement activities - dance, juggle, yoga, pushups, etc. Also try to activate both sides of your brain by crossing the midline of your body (i.e. touching your left shoulder with your right index finger and even tossing your pen/pencil from hand to hand).
Organize. Redesign your bedroom and personal organization. Change your organization system. Clear out the old stuff.
Investigate a Future Career. Use online resources to learn about the career. Call relatives and family friends to ask questions about the job and its requirements.
Creative Writing. Write a short story, a poem, a piece of fan fiction, or start a daily journal.
Exercise - 30 minutes, 3-5 days/week. Walking and a variety of family games (Playing TAG or HIDE and SEEK in the yard, jumping rope, dodge ball/volleyball, or red rover and games that require everyone to run a bit are great forms of family exercise that doesn’t take much planning. This will help with the restlessness of being indoors all day. https://www.playpartyplan.com/fun-outdoor-games/