The quarantine has created a challenge for working parents.
Day 6 (Monday 3/23/20)
Today, at 10:39 am the Governor ordered all Michigan residents to “stay home or in their place of residence” until midnight April 13th. This unprecedented order will affect all Michigan families whether considered “essential” or not.
Both Heidi and I work in industries considered essential; banking (Heidi) and healthcare insurance. And although we both have permission to travel to work, and our daycare is now open for essential workers, we have chosen to work from home with our kids.
Not all essential workers have this luxury. We imagine how hard this may be, especially when traditional family support is limited.
As all weekend events were canceled on Friday, and restaurants closed prior, we predicted this would happen. It is very likely we will not see our kids return to school until the 2020/2021 school year this fall. So, to keep our kids sharp, we decided to continue their lesson plans to the best of our ability, with a more structured daily schedule.
Here’s what worked for us:
Wake up earlier and complete work duties to free up 1-2 hours per day. That means a 4:00am start, but it provides 2.5 hours of undivided attention to our work.
Then, the daily plan is as follows:
7:00 – 8:00 Family Time
8:00 – 10:00 Wes works / Heidi manages lesson plans (below)
10:00 – 11:00 Outdoor break for kids, Heidi and Wes work
11:00 – 12:00 Device learning (ipad) using teacher’s lesson plan, Heidi and Wes work
12:00 – 12:30 Family Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Heidi works / Wes manages lesson plan completion
1:30 – 2:30 Kids quiet free choice, Heidi and Wes work.
2:30 – 5:30 Outdoor time for kids, Heidi and Wes work.
[Download] Lesson Plan –