Today should have been the beginning of Spring Break, which technically it still is.We had plans to go to the Zoo, OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), the library and get things done around the house.
Our plans are a little different now but I don’t feel it’s a down grade. Yes, were not going out to some fun places but those places will be there when our social distancing is over. If you’ve been following me on Instagram then you’re up to date on what we’ve been doing during this first week of social distancing. We’ve cleaned the lofts in our garage, cleaned the gutters, done yard clean up in the front yard and doing some work in the back yard.
The weather this week isn’t looking as good as it was last week. It was sunny all week but this weeks forecast is rain. And it has been raining most of the day here. We were hoping to get mulch this week for the grass in the back yard but with all the rain we may not be able to do that. Also picking up mulch isn’t an essential item so venturing out to pick that up isn’t wise.
To insure we are all staying on somewhat of schedule during this time we sat down as a family and created one. Our kids have access to learning materials online from our school district to help keep their minds active. I wasn’t as concerned over materials for them as I was over getting a schedule for them. Both the boys are smart and they have always been a head of the game with their academics. So we have plenty of materials. But they are going to be out of school at least until April 28th. As an instructor for the school district I have to be ready to return to work on March 30th. What I’ll need to do isn’t 100% clear but I’ll be ready to do what needs to be done.
If you’re trying to establish a schedule for your children during this break I offer ours as an example. My boys are 13 and 15 for reference.
When they get up to 10am – Reading and Chores
10-12pm – School related work and Activities
12-1pm – Walk the dog and lunch
1-3pm – Family activities/ analog games/ reading
3- dinner – Electronics (computer/TV/video games)
7:30 – 9pm – Clean up dinner, showers, Computer or TV
9pm – Walk dog and get ready for bed
This schedule is for Monday – Friday. On Saturday and Sunday we have a much more relaxed schedule with yard work, cleaning and other family activities around the house. It’s the weekend we all like some time to chill out.
I hope this schedule helps you create your own.
Stay safe and healthy out there. This will pass and we will be stronger.
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