When my kids are home, what should their school day schedule look like?

Posted at 8:07 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 08:17:12-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As parents and kids navigate the 2020 school year, many of them are working to find a rhythm for when kids are learning from home. Many Western New York school districts started the year with fully-remote or hybrid learning plans, and that means parents are often working their kids schedules around their own.

7 Eyewitness News went to the experts to see what they suggest when it comes to remote learning, and how to make sure your kids are successful.

Here are some of the things they say will help things go smoothly in your home

Make a Schedule
Students work best when they're working within a routine. Schedules don't have to follow the exact time frame of their school day, and they can be worked around parents' work schedules, but it's important to show kids what's coming up.

"You want students to be sticking to a consistent schedule. Just as if they were in school - they'd be moving through a schedule. It's really important to have a visual so they can see what they're learning, and know what's coming next so they're prepared," explained Julie Abramo, from the Maryvale School District.

Take a Break
Experts say it's so important to make sure kids are taking multiple breaks throughout the day. Some can be as simple as taking a few minutes between each subject to rest their brains, and refocus for the next task.

Teachers have a number of things they use to give students breaks, including stretching, deep breathing, some yoga poses and jumping jacks. Going outside is also a great way to rest your mind.

"Whether it be getting up and walking around, doing a brain break, getting some fresh air outside, some exercise, that is imperative to students learning," said Abramo.

You can find more tips for remote learning from teachers here.