Schedules and routines are helpful and reassuring for children during difficult times. This month, when our children’s school was closed because of this health concern we found ourselves managing our children’s new online schooling at home and I knew we needed a schedule. I created these daily schedules for kids out of necessity. I hope you find these printables helpful!
Make This Difficult Time Easier.
With the long-awaited arrival of Spring has come the unexpected challenge and difficulty of social distancing. As a result, schools and businesses have closed and many of us have found ourselves home with our children for an undetermined amount of time.
While the sudden freedom from schedules may have initially been a slight relief, it has become apparent that a complete lack of routine isn’t benefiting anyone. This is especially true if your child has online schooling to complete or if you are a work at home parent.
If you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed and disorganized, having a daily schedule for your kids (and yourself) to follow might be exactly what you need.
Do Your Kids Need a Schedule?
By providing a visual chart outlining the day, you and your child(ren) can create routines and structure to help get through this challenging time. Having this sense of normalcy can help reduce anxiety in both children and adults and will ensure that important assignments and tasks don’t get overlooked. Additionally, if you have more than one child, it will help you to keep their individual schedules, assignments, and needs organized.
As a work at home mom with 2 kids now out of school, I completely understand the need for a daily schedule. I also understand you might not know quite where to start. But I’m here to help.
I want to share with you my FREE Daily Schedule and Schedule Chart printables for kids. These can be printed and customized right from home and can help to create a more organized and productive environment for everyone.
I also understand that every family will have different needs and schedules so I have created a number of options to choose from. I will share a little about each so that you can choose the one (or ones) that suit your needs the best.
My Free Printable Morning Routine Charts
Every day starts with our kids getting out of bed so it makes sense to begin with my Morning Routine Chart. This is a simple chart that is easily customizable for each child. Depending on their age, you can create individualized tasks that each needs to complete. For example:
- Make bed
- Get dressed
- Brush teeth
- Feed dog/cat/fish
Younger children may have very basic tasks while older children and teens might have chores or other tasks that need to be completed as well.
One way you might use this chart is to print it and fill it out. Review the tasks with your children to be sure they understand the expectations. Then, you can frame it and place it where it can be easily viewed. Framing it protects the chart from curious little fingers and messes so you don’t have to keep reprinting it. Plus, it acts as a constant reminder of the expectations without you having to continuously repeat them. I would suggest displaying it in the area where the majority of the tasks listed will be completed (ex: bedroom, bathroom).
FREE PRINTABLES – DAILY SCHEDULES FOR KIDS
I created these schedules with busy families in mind. There are so many ways to use them and you even get 3 styles to choose from!
Set 1 includes 9 templates, in 3 different styles, without the days of the week. These spaces are left blank for your children’s names.
Set 2 also includes 9 templates, in 3 styles, but are labeled Monday – Friday.
You will receive links to download both sets.
Set 1: Daily Schedule with Space to Personalize
As I stated before, every family will have their own unique needs regarding their daily schedule. I wanted to create functional yet flexible templates that anyone could use. Whether you have 1 child or 5, these schedules are easily customized.
Remember, kids aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a structured day. Many of us are working from home and need to keep ourselves on task as well. Taking time to get organized now can save a lot of time and stress down the road.
Set 2: Monday – Friday Daily Schedules
If seeing your week laid out in front of you keeps you on track, a Monday-Friday Daily Schedule might be your perfect solution. This layout allows for planning ahead for events, meetings, or even meals. This is also a great solution for students who have a project or assignment that might require multiple steps throughout the week for completion.
Monday-Take Notes, Tuesday-Create Outline, Wednesday-Collect Resources, Thursday-First Draft, Friday-Revise/ Final draft.
Each Set Includes:
1 Hour Block Schedule Templates
Here are my 1 Hour Block Schedule Templates. As the name implies, this schedule breaks down your daily routine into 1-hour increments or blocks. This is helpful for tasks that take an hour or more to complete or when you want to schedule many tasks throughout the day.
1/2 Hour Block Schedule Templates
If tasks might take less than an hour, or you prefer a more structured day, this schedule is based on 30-minute increments and is much more time-specific.
Daily Block Schedule Printable
For kids that have an online school curriculum, you might find that the Daily Block Schedule is the most effective. This method is great for allotting certain time frames, such as 8 am-2 pm, for general tasks like “school work”. You can also narrow it down by class, for example, 8 am-9 am “Math”, 9 am-10 am “Science”, etc.
What Schedule Should I Use?
Not sure which schedule will work best? Print them all and try them out. See which feels the most intuitive and natural to you and your kids. You might find that each of you prefers a different method to stay on track, and that’s ok.
The key is to find something that works consistently. Productivity is the end goal, right? Allow flexibility while you each find your rhythm.
Keep in mind, no matter which schedule type you prefer, always be sure to include breaks like lunch or free time so that children don’t feel overwhelmed and have opportunities for movement and time to decompress. Remember, kids are feeling the stress and isolation during this difficult time too. They are likely missing the interaction with their peers and might be upset about events or celebrations that they are missing. Allow them, and yourself, grace and patience while adapting to this new way of doing things.
Tips for Using a Daily Schedule for Kids:
- You may prefer to use one schedule per child. This is particularly important with children in different grades or who learn and work at a different pace.
- If you have a larger family you may want to use the customizable template to have all children on one page.
- Use a timer. This is helpful for keeping everyone on task. If you have more than one child, provide each with their own timer or set multiple timers on your phone or other devices that can serve the purpose.
- Keep the schedules simple and easy to read. If there is a lot of detail that is needed for a task, use a notebook, planner, or list to write additional information.
- Keep the schedule or chart visible. A loose sheet of paper on a desk or workspace could easily be lost or overlooked. Place your schedule in a frame, on a clipboard, or perhaps a corkboard. Anywhere where it is easily referenced and won’t get misplaced.
- Consider color-coding tasks. This can be helpful to differentiate tasks, visually, on your schedule. You can use highlighters or even colored pens.
DOWNLOAD YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE PRINTABLES BELOW
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