Set a Schedule

Set a school day schedule RISD. We’ve Got This.


It is important to remember that although children might say they don’t want a schedule, the structure and routine often provides stability.

You don’t have to follow a typical school schedule. However, we do recommend you and your child set specific times to do school activities, specific times for outdoor activities, and specific times for family activities. We recommend an At-home-learning schedule that offers a balance between time to focus, time to play and time to be with your family.

Things to consider before setting a schedule for your students:

  • Build a schedule that allows you to balance your needs, especially if you are working from home, with time to support your students
  • Build specific time in the schedule for special subjects like movement, art and music
  • Set expectations with your child around:
    • A signal for when it is not OK to interrupt your at-home-work
    • TV/ Gaming time
    • Texting/ social media time
    • Time for non-screen time: outdoors/ physical activity
    • What assignments/activities you will help with and which you will not

Things to consider when setting the schedule:

  • Engage your child in making the schedule. This will help them feel ownership. For example, my kids each chose which subject to start with and opted to alternate art and music every other day.
  • Schedule two or three times a day to get outside….and READ, READ, READ!
  • Find a fun way to post the schedule so you and your student can use it as a guide throughout the day.
  • If you fall out of your schedule, don’t worry about it. Just reset and try again. Make adjustments if you need to. No One is Perfect!!

Sample Schedule 1

  • 30 Min Math Daily
  • 30 Min ELAR Daily
  • 30 Min Science Daily
  • 30 Min of Social Studies Daily
  • 30 Min Elective Daily
  • 45 Min Exercise & Play Daily

Sample Schedule 2

  • Mon/Weds/Fri: 1 Hour Math
  • Mon/Weds/Fri: 1 Hour ELAR
  • Tues/Thurs: 1 Hour Science
  • Tues/Thurs: 1 Hour Social Studies
  • Daily: 30 minute Silent Reading
  • Daily: 1 hour Activity and Play

Because of your work schedule, you may need to help children with the at-home learning activities in the evening and that’s OK. The activities and assignments are designed to be done at a time that is flexible and works within any schedule.

If you’re working from home, it can be tricky with kids around. Be patient with them and yourself while you’re getting into a groove. Your kids might struggle to be independent at first, especially if they’re excited to have you around 24/7, but they’ll gradually get used to it (and you to them).

Above all, as you navigate your new routine, try to cultivate patience, practice empathy for your kids and keep a sense of humor. This can be difficult in times of crisis, but it’s also more important than ever. Fortunately, kids give us lots of reasons to laugh. And those unpredictable moments can be just what we need to make our new routines work.

Don’t forget to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Take advantage of their office hours. They want to help and be a support to you and your family. We’ve got this RISD. 

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