Tips for Creating At-Home Routines


April 6, 2020

By Kim Vogelgesang, B.A.

Learning Specialist & LEAP Instructor

Are you struggling with new schedules in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic?  With schools being closed and activities postponing or canceling, family routines have been turned upside down.  Even though we are adjusting to a new reality, getting organized with a new schedule for school aged students at home doesn’t have to be so daunting.  Here are some helpful hints:

  • Keep bedtimes and wake times consistent.  Hopefully sooner rather than later your child will be back to school schedules and after school activities.  It will be much easier to transition back to this way of life if your child hasn’t swayed from his or her normal sleeping pattern.
  • Create a daily schedule.  Have you seen your child’s daily school schedule posted somewhere in their classroom? It’s because kids thrive on schedules! Things to think about when creating a schedule include chores, screen time, free time, outdoor play, and educational work time.
  • Set up an educational work space for kids.  When kids have an established and functional work space, they are more likely to take their work seriously and put in the effort it deserves. Be mindful of a space that is free from distractions such as siblings, pets, and electronic devices.  Also, be sure to include all necessary supplies your child might need, including paper and writing utensils, rulers, calculators, whiteboards, dry erase markers, etc.
  • If you are working from home while your kids are at home as well, consider setting aside time each day to interact with your children.  Some ideas include playing games, doing an art project together, talking a walk outside, and trying a new recipe.

If you need any additional support during this uncertain time, Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center is here to help!  We have transitioned exclusively to online therapy and tutoring sessions.  We are ready to support students and provide them with rich learning opportunities while they are out of school and missing out on important class time.  Please call us today and we would be happy to help your family during this challenging time!

Kim Vogelgesang is a Learning Specialist at Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center.  ETLC has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area.  We provide individual speech language therapy and tutoring as well as offering a unique group Language Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP).  At Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success.  Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed. 

1210 Jordan Street, Suite 2
North Liberty, IA 52317

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Urbandale, IA 50322

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