COVID-19 + Homeschooling – Special Edition Part 2

Painting en plein air (aka outdoors)


P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan


Still trying to find a rhythm for your days while facing the uncertainty of how long the kiddos will be “schooling at home”?

P.L.A.Y. has a day-to-day plan that is truly flexible and can be done in place while you all stay safely at home indoors as well as right out your back door in your own yard.

Remember learning happens all the time especially when we are engaged, curious, and approach with a sense of P.L.A.Y.

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Looking for oodles of ideas on how to spend your days at home as a family working and P.L.A.Y.ing?

Read this online review series I created based on Laura Grace Weldon’s book:

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

— AND READ BELOW FOR MORE WAYS TO PLAN YOUR DAYS —


Here’s the Weekly Plan:

Monday – Nature Alliteration Adventure + Nature Journaling

Tuesday – Bird BOOK LOOK with a new story chapter and related online resources + activities/projects

Wednesday – Nature Alliteration Adventure + Nature Journaling

Thursday – Bird BOOK LOOK with a new story chapter and related online resources + activities/projects

Friday – Nature Alliteration Adventure + Nature Journaling

Saturday – Potluck P.L.A.Y. Pick (soooooo many options – you decide!)

Sunday – P.L.A.Y.  in Place with a Plan = Many topics showcased including A Family Gardening Series


Nature Journaling is for All Ages

Nature Journal – Spring Flowers


Here are some general examples of flexible daily plans that can be rearranged to suit your family while staying in place (appropriately apply to various ages and stages):

MONDAY 

MORNING

  • Breakfast & clean-up
  • Chores Together (care for pets/make bed/brush teeth/sort laundry/etc.)
  • Music & Movement (sing, dance, play instrument, yoga, etc.)
  • Building Projects (Legos, cardboard box forts, imagination & creativity engagement)
  • Read Anything! (solo, 1:1, together)
  • Hand Work (knitting, weaving, sewing, jewelry making, drawing, etc.) while listening to audio book recording

NOON

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Lunch & clean-up
  • Story Time (audio book or solo reading or together)
  • Rest & Regroup Quiet Time
  • Outdoor walk with today’s Nature Alliteration Adventures
  • Indoors/Outdoors write and draw in your journal to capture your nature adventures

NIGHT

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Supper & clean up together
  • Bed Time Routines (bath/teeth/pjs)
  • More short stories or ongoing chapter book or make up an ongoing story to add to each night!

Tuesday

MORNING

  • Chores Together (make bed/brush teeth/care for pets/sort laundry/etc.)
  • Breakfast & clean-up
  • Workbooks or appropriate online Screen Time work
  • Arts & Crafts project or Hobbies

NOON

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Eat lunch & clean-up
  • Stroll/jog/bike neighborhood and say hello to neighbors from a distance
  • Rest & Regroup Quiet Time
  • Bird BOOK LOOK next chapter and related activities and online resources

NIGHT

  • Kitchen Food Prep Helpers
  • Supper & clean up together
  • Family Games
  • Bed Time Routines (bath/teeth/pjs)
  • More short stories or ongoing chapter book or make up an ongoing story to add to each night!

*Adapt this to suit your family, all ages and stages, especially during this time of transition.


Still looking for more ideas on how to spend your days at home as a family working and P.L.A.Y.ing?

Read this online review series I created based on Laura Grace Weldon’s book Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything


Remember, it is more important to stay connected to one another than to “get it right”.

Tomorrow’s another day with new opportunities to try-try-again! 🙂

Plenty of hugs works wonders!


Please contact Karen@passionatelearningallyear.com with your questions and for parenting support during these challenging times.

You don’t have to do this alone. ❤ ❤ ❤

Sending a smile to help light the way,

Karen 🙂


FYI – Visit the first post in this special series at COVID-19 + Homeschooling – Special Series Part 1


P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan


COVID-19 + Homeschooling – Special Edition Part 1

You Have All You Need – Families Finding Peace During Challenging Times

Wisdom from a 20+ year veteran Stay-at-home-Unschooling Mama!

Curious Capkins ready to P.L.A.Y.!

If you are like so many of us and have your entire family at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and you are wondering how in the world you are going to get through this time together know that you probably have on hand all that you need to keep everyone sane, engaged, and “homeschooled”.

Also know up front that you do not have to recreate the school environment (aka “School at Home”).

Trust me, after having taught in the elementary schools for years and then homeschooling for decades all you really need is to be present and focus on the health and well being of your family including priorities like sleep, exercise, and healthy foods. The rest will follow naturally with a few extra bonus suggestions from P.L.A.Y. below, and in future posts, to help get you started!


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Here’s a few suggestions to get you started for calming practices during chaotic times:

 

  • Creating a rhythm to your days is key to calm so family members of all ages have a sense of what to expect.

 

  • Simply displaying a sequence of sticky note squares on the bathroom mirror or kitchen cabinets with things like “breakfast”, “story”,”tidy-up”, “screen time”, “crafting”, “outdoor play”, “puzzles”, “care for pets”, etc. will work nicely to give a flow to your day and can be rotated throughout the week for flexibility. A specific chart with exact times isn’t required or necessary for most households – however you decide what matches for you especially if working from home is being combined with kiddo care.

 

  • Encourage ALL family members to make additional sticky note squares with activities and projects they would like to do AT HOME and weave them into the plans. They will feel more included and empowered and yes even your 2 year old can have a voice in this! Think things like building challenges – legos, cardboard boxes, etc. or 5 minute silly singing serenades to break up the day.

 

  • Communicate clearly each day that you are all in this together and in order to meet family expectations everyone has to be open and honest with what they understand will be happening in the days ahead. When things do change, as they seem to be rapidly overnight, be forthcoming with new news and course correct together.

 

  •  Be a super strength spotter by being open to new possibilities and opportunities to connect and truly see what makes your family members tick. If one family member has a keen ability to bring humor and levity to situations ask them to put their super powers to use and generate creative ideas to keep the household morale going (ex. a joke served up at every meal time). If another family member has great empathy and compassion skills perhaps they could be creating cards to mail loved ones or posting notes within the house that let everyone know they are loved and thought of too.

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Special Edition Part 2 of COVID-19 + “Schooling at Home”

or as I like to call it

P.L.A.Y. in Place with a Plan!

Tried and true golden nuggets and silver lining sparkles arriving by blog post HERE with more practical pointers for how to fill your days at HOME and outdoors (with required physical distancing included).

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Stay tuned, stay home, and stay safe everyone.

Know that how you act and respond today will have a positive ripple effect in your home, in your community, and make all the difference in the outcome of this current worldwide challenge.

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And if you have found this helpful please pass P.L.A.Y. forward.

We are ALL in this together.

Sending much love, e-hugs, and even smiles to help light the way,

Karen 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤