Structure and Schedule

I’m sure that over the years, you’ve seen teachers post a Shape of the Day or Schedule on their whiteboards. While we may not realize, many adults and children alike thrive off structure and having a schedule.

First, allow your children to have a quiet space to work that has the following things:

  • a desk
  • a seat of some sort – think about alternative seating, exercise ball, option to stand, etc.
  • all their supplies – books, pencils / pens, colouring pencils, etc.
  • limited electronics – only those needed for work (think about parental controls)

I recognize that this may be difficult in many households! If they’re having an issue with noise, try noise cancelling headphones (without music playing), earmuffs, etc.

Next, I’ve been seeing various schedules / shapes of the day floating around the internet. I decided to make one myself, taking inspiration from my friend and fellow teacher, Mrs. Nixon’s blog. If you’re looking for amazing resources and ideas of what to insert into your schedule, definitely take a look.

As you can see, I’ve laid out set times for various things such as wake up, snack, lunch, dinner and bedtime. I believe that these should remain the same each day in order to create a sense of normalcy.

In the blank areas, that’s when you insert things like school work, chores / deep cleaning, outdoor activity, quiet time, and limited screen time.

Important things to note when making your own schedule:

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https://csepguidelines.ca/children-and-youth-5-17/

Note that children and youth aged 5 to 17 should:

  • Get 9 to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep with a consistent bed and wake up time
  • No more than 2 hours of recreational screen time
  • Not sit for extended periods

If you are interested in incorporating this into your home schedule, here are the downloadable files.

I hope this information helps!

by Ms. G. Olaivar

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