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Cocoandclive27 Wed 18-Mar-20 20:29:34

So schools are shut from next week. I'm having to work from home which isn't ideal but it's a better situation than most as I can be here for dc and still hopefully get some work done.

But I really don't know how we'll cope without the routine of school and work. The last thing I want is for dc to be sat staring at screens all day. I'm planning to enforce a school like routine with learning in the morning at least and maybe some exercise after lunch. Does anyone have any similar inspiration or ideas? Could we inspire each other?

You can buy work books in places like the works. Also seems to be some good resources online.

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TW2013 Wed 18-Mar-20 20:36:34

Mine are already planning their timetables- weird kids, they seem to want to stick to school times but we will also be doing some gardening, cookery club (aka lunch), Google tourism- going on street view to see different cities around the world. Learning to code. Bit of exercise using you tube videos. Will probably just watch Netflix for a month grin.

Aurorie11 Wed 18-Mar-20 20:38:57

I've already worked out a timetable 4 x45 mins learning slots a day, plus a reading slot. Breaks and fresh air planned ib

Cocoandclive27 Wed 18-Mar-20 20:40:22

You guys are much more on the ball than me!

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sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 18-Mar-20 20:44:41

I'm going to try and have a fairly solid structure, so:
8:00, wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast
9:00-10:00 maths or english (using resources from education city, will rotate which they are doing each day)
10:00-10:30 have a break and snack, play with toys (no electronics)
10:30-12:00 project work. let them pick a project (eg Egyptians)and work on it. could be painting and writing facts over the painting, making a pyramid etc
12:00-1:00 lunch time, can watch tv
1:00-3:00 (?) outside playing/having a walk/trampoline/game of football
3:00-4:30 electronic time
4:30 onwards, help make dinner, eat, help tidy up, shower, watch tv and then go to bed

we might not stick to it but having a stricter structure to start with will let me have an idea of what to be doing with them rather than just sitting on electronics the whole day. and obvs will change for the older 2 x

Brakebackcyclebot Wed 18-Mar-20 20:46:00

Try doing any of this with a 15 year old who's just been told GCSEs are cancelled. I have a stressful 6 months ahead. 😂

sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 18-Mar-20 20:46:50

@brakebackcyclebot in the same boat here with my oldest XD

Brakebackcyclebot Wed 18-Mar-20 20:50:30

I can't even send him out to work once he's 16 if we're all inside!!

Aroundtheworldin80moves Wed 18-Mar-20 20:51:13

My approx plan (with no times)
Exercise hour.
Showers etc
Reading (at least 30mins, alternating whose reading)
Maths 30mins (hopefully 1-1 while other plays)
Free time
Daily project (gardening, Cub stuff, craft etc)
Literacy/handwriting etc
Free play

But not a hard and fast plan, but trying to get the exercise, reading and maths into each day.

BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Wed 18-Mar-20 20:53:26

I've done a list (5 and 8yo) and only once they've spent sufficient time on each item do they get unfettered screentime.

The list is roughly:-
Wash and dress
Make bed
Hair and teeth
Help with housework
Create something (lego/paint/playdoh etc)
Game or puzzle
Active(just dance or yoga etc)

Only after they've had a good crack at the above can they do screens as much as they want.

HollyBollyBooBoo Wed 18-Mar-20 20:54:15

Wow you guys are amazing! How are you fitting work in around it all?

I'll constantly be on calls so low chance of supervising my 9 yo.

Cocoandclive27 Wed 18-Mar-20 21:00:35

It's going to be hard to stay too involved as I'm meant to be working myself! Does anyone know of any good exercise type YouTube videos for children? Something they can do in the or dance maybe?

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bettercaulsaul Wed 18-Mar-20 21:01:17

I have a 20-month old to contend with sad so I can't really do a 'school' day. I also WFH and spend at least 4 hours of my day on calls (that would be a good day).

I'm flummoxed about what to do. DH and I are going to have to work in shifts but even just been at home with her all day is really hard. I usually have groups etc. To go to on my day off.

sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 18-Mar-20 21:05:31

in terms of work, i'm going to be working whilst they work on their maths/english (in the same room as them, but they will be under instructions not to interrupt me if im on a call, they can draw a star next to questions they don't understand), during their break, whilst they do project work (if possible i'm going to set paint etc up in the garden so they do it outdoors. if not, will cover floor in newspaper and be in the other room), and also during their electronic time. will do some more in the evenings if need be too, when they are watching tv

sleepismysuperpower1 Wed 18-Mar-20 21:08:55

@Cocoandclive27 cosmic kids yoga on youtube is good, as is the change4life shake up thing on their website x

ArtisanPopcorn Wed 18-Mar-20 21:10:22

Cosmic kids yoga is good for younger kids.

Loveatortie Wed 18-Mar-20 21:24:17

Why don't you all let your children relax for a couple of weeks, then start your military timetables on them. Children are scared about this,they chat,social media and see themselves as carriers to older relatives

Cocoandclive27 Wed 18-Mar-20 21:38:48

@Loveatortie I don't think it's military to want a little bit of routine and structure to their days. Left to their own devices mine would just watch telly or stare at iPads all day. Not great is it? Just trying to make the best of a bad situation and plan some useful things for them to do....confused

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TW2013 Wed 18-Mar-20 21:54:53

They want structure. I did veto the 8am wake up call one wanted. Planning to take advantage of no school run and get some work done early before they emerge. Planning to work for first two weeks then Easter break. If they don't work now they will be scrambling to finish it off when the call comes to go back to school - unless that is in September, hopefully they would achieve that deadline.

Belindabelle Wed 18-Mar-20 22:08:01

DS is 14.

Up, shower, dressed and breakfast by 9
I hour walk/run.
10-12 hit the books.
1-2 lunch and contact friends.
2-4 more study.

DH is going to cover Maths, Physics and Engineering. I will take English, History and Biology.

We are getting a multi gym and rowing machine delivered and turning the garage into a gym and chill out area. DS has his drums, guitars and amps out there anyway. He is going to be planning and cooking dinner one night a week. DH is going to come up with a project for them both to work on together (Car related probably) and he can help me tame the garden. He can also hone his ironing/cleaning skills.

I have told him that Mon -Thu he will still have a bed time and no phone/ media after 9pm as normal.

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