If you are a parent wondering how you can manage teaching your children at home during the Coronavirus school shutdown, I am here to help! In this post you will find a sample homeschool schedule and teaching resources, as well as free, fun activities.
As a former elementary school teacher I know the importance of structure and schedule for kids. For some of us, there is a set time the schools are closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
But for other towns, life is changing for an unknown amount of time. Even if your family wants to make the first few days of this “break” a fun exciting time, it’s crucial to implement a routine from the start.
Sample Homeschool Schedule
Note: My daughters are 3 and 6 years old. Ailey is in preschool, learning all about letters, numbers, patterns, opposites, and shapes. Annabelle is in Kindergarten, but a bit advanced for her grade. We will be working on grade 1 sight words and spelling, advanced phonics (digraphs/long vowels), addition and subtraction, and other number awareness.
Materials for Teaching Your Children at Home
- Pencils and Sharpener
- Blank Paper
- White Board
- Dry Erase Markers
- Handwriting Paper or a Journal
- Notecards for Homemade Flashcards
- Workbooks (see below)
- Magnetic Letters or Letter Tiles
- Craft Kit
- Osmo (A MUST HAVE!)
How to Organize your Materials
My dining room table has been a mess since I started collecting materials for teaching my children at home. Thankfully I found this great rolling organizer for $40 (its now $66) to hold everything!
Summarizing is one of the most important reading strategies for young children to master. Use these worksheets to organize thoughts and improve reading comprehension. Write or draw the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
Workbook Suggestions for Teaching Children at Home
Ideas for Quarantine/Social Distancing
The most important part of social distancing during the Covid-19 outbreak is to avoid gathering in public places – like schools. Our town has closed schools indefinitely and I am taking this time to homeschool my children with the aid of our school’s virtual learning opportunities.
Note: Social distancing is a term applied to certain actions that are taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.
My favorite websites to use at home with kids:
- Brain Pop
- Go Noodle
- Teachers Pay Teachers (not free, but wonderful)
- ABC Mouse (some free activities)
- Kahn Academy
- NY Times Free Lesson of the Day