It’s Monday Morning
It’s Monday morning. School’s canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You sit across the kitchen table from your children and wonder, “What are we going to do for the next few weeks?” They look at you in anticipation thinking they will spend the next few weeks playing video games. Do you admit you haven’t a clue and send them to the backyard to play? Or, do you start right in reciting multiplication tables because you can’t think of anything else to do?
The first thing to remember, you don’t have to duplicate the classroom environment in your home. And you don’t have to start right off with a full school day. Often children need time to adjust from going to school each day to being in the more relaxed atmosphere of home.
It is fine for your adventure to begin with a few laid back days simply enjoying being together at home. Before long, you’ll need to set a routine. This doesn’t mean you have to have a strict schedule, although children who have been in traditional classrooms for a number of years may be “programmed” to a strict schedule: It’s 9:00 a.m., we do math. Making a list of school tasks you want to accomplish for the week may be enough of a lesson plan.
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Beginning Lesson Ideas
While your children are decompressing from traditional school structure you can make some preliminary plans. Below are some ideas for decompression time.