Why are schedules and routines* important for learning at home? The most important reason for schedules and routines is that they offer stability and consistency. After a long weekend, Winter or Spring Break, or summer holidays, it can be difficult to get back into a schedule and routine. Here are a few ways to help you ease yourself and your children back into the swing of things.
*The terms schedules and routines are often used interchangeably but for our purposes in this post , we will think of a schedule as the big picture—main activities to be completed daily, and a routine as the steps to be done to complete the schedule.
Wait – Why Do I Need Schedules and Routines?
Routines and schedules help to create patterns which helps to reduce anxiety and build a sense of security and trust. It helps your child to relax when they know what is coming up next. Routines also help your child understand expectations and encourage a higher level of engagement and attention.
When setting up your schedule or routine:
- provide a balance of activities (reading, writing, math, science, history, art, gym etc.)
- provide a variety of activities, organized in small chunks
- build in breaks for relaxation, play and free time
- consider the age, attention level and interests of your child
- have a visual of the schedule so your child can see what each day will look like
- go over the schedule and routine with your child once the break has ended
- ask for your child’s input
- be flexible and patient as you resume learning at home after a break