Tips for Parents During the COVID-19 Closure

This is a new time of learning for all of us. We would like to offer a few tips for making this time pleasant for all.

  1. Please don’t feel like you have to recreate a typical day of school at home. Take advantage of flexible, fun learning opportunities you can do with your kids that will create lifetime memories. Feel free to share pictures with us so we can celebrate with you.
  2. Create a schedule. We know the first few days will feel like an adventure, but boredom may soon set in without a bit of a plan. Create a rough schedule that provides a little structure, but also flexibility and choice for everyone. A sample schedule may look something like this:
    Time Task Suggestions
    Before 9:00am Wake up and get going Get up, get dressed and eat breakfast
    9:00 – 10:00 Outdoor time Wake up your body and mind! Go for a walk or do some exercises indoors if it’s raining.
    10:00 – 11:00 Academic Time Work on lessons provided by school
    Journal
    11:00 – 12:00 Creative Time Draw a picture
    Build something with LEGOs
    Cook or bake something
    Play some music
    12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
    12:30 – 1:30 Chore Time / Quiet Time Help pick up messes around the house
    Wipe down surfaces and door handles to prevent the spread of germs
    Read a book or work on a puzzle when chores are done
    1:30 – 3:00 Academic Time Sudoku or other math fun
    Educational games or shows
    3:00 – 5:00 Outdoor Time Get some fresh air and exercise. Try to avoid a lot of contact with others during this time.
    5:00 – 6:00 Dinner and Cleanup
    6:00 – 8:00 TV and shower time
    8:00 – 10:00 Bedtime Appropriate time for age of children
  3. Be responsive to your child(ren)’s needs based on age. Having different ages at home means different needs for each. Try to connect on a deep level with each for at least a brief period of time each day.
  4. Check out fun educational resources. If you have the means to do so, take a look at the free online educational resources that are available. Most are fun ways for students to engage in learning.
  5. Brighter days are ahead. We are all pioneers in this current crisis. Be compassionate toward your children and yourself. Offer some grace and relax as you figure out what works best in your household.

Please remember, the St. James R-1 School District is a family. We’re always here for you to help in any way we can. We’ll miss our time with your children and we want to remain connected in every way we can.