The Plan. Day 4.
Well we made it – week one is done. And what a learning journey for us all so far! I’m happy to announce that after many errors, much reflecting, and tweaking I’ve arrived at a loose daily plan that works for our family. This plan however does look quite different in action, as it would take too much energy from me to ensure everything ran like clockwork! Who needs extra stress right now? And this plan will only work for us – it’s NOT a one fit approach. Family life is so unique in every home. But maybe as you see what we do you’ll find some things you can borrow from. But there are some principles behind this plan, which I want to share with you, explicitly:
Feel free to borrow or copy my ‘Our Day’ sheet to suit your needs. I see the merit in printing out and filling in a planner sheet like this each day to keep a record of what we’re doing and to keep me accountable on covering some of the staples. It’s proving as a great reflection tool too. A few more tough months are coming and I sense that a bit of structure is going to help us all survive! I sense that this tool will also come in handy when this is all over and I can write up a quick summary for our class teachers.
If you're also homeschooling or embarking on emergency home learning I'd love to hear about what works for you too in the comments below!
Today also included: having a go at converting currency in our 'shop' (yen to dollars), learning dancing on Youtube, trying to do backflips over a gym ball in the back yard, traditional Shannon family Friday pizza and movie night, 7 minute exercise on Youtube, and running to the end of the block 4 times. Gotta keep active!
20/3/2020 08:35:20 pm
20/3/2020 11:06:24 pm
Hey Katie - as you’d well know we phase in and out of engagement with the boys & Miss 3. Over the last week I have mindfully been giving her a lot more opportunities to ‘help’ and even have a ‘school folder’ for her to include her. Sometimes she cuts up things for the boys to glue, other times she cuts up morning tea and gets out bowls to put it in for everyone. Thankfully it’s in her nature to be an ordered helper. I have also found it useful to have a few simple activities nearby to access like stickers / pipe cleaners & buttons / beading / playdough. She’ll often sit beside me & we’ll play while I chat with the boys. Today we also started our 1 month free trial with Reading Eggs on the iPad to see if that will help for when the going gets tough.
26/3/2020 09:35:02 pm
Thanks for those tips! I’ll get some things sorted for James to do. He hasn’t really been my challenge as he is great at entertaining himself. I’ve been finding it difficult to entertain Sophie while concentrating on the boys (her favourite thing to do at the moment is to push a chair over to the couch and launch herself over its back - almost falling off in the process). I’ve just written out a schedule for tomorrow that will hopefully help. I plan for her to be eating in her high chair each time I need to sit down and explain tasks to the boys. Her long midday nap time helps too 👍😀
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