• Schedules are incredibly important to special needs learners.  Schedules provide consistency and stability.  They help our students understand the expectation that we have work to do and even more importantly that your child always knows what is expected next.  If you haven't established a schedule, I would recommend implementing one.  Since most children are not used to having this kind of structured expectation at home, I would suggest starting with a simple plan and later building upon it as your child demonstrates success.  In the classroom, we follow the same schedule everyday.  I also pair our schedule with pictures and we refer to it with each activity change. Typically, we change activities every 15-25 minutes in the classroom.  Sometimes every 5 minutes depending on the child.  So keep that in mind too.  I would love to help you with a picture schedule!  Just let me know so I can work on it and get it in the mail to you.  Remember, you are not expected to "teach" all day.  It has been recommended that our special needs population participate in distance learning for 1-3 hours a week.  Below is an example that may be a good place to start. 

     

    5+ minutes  :  Daily Routines ( review picture schedule, complete calendar routine)

    5+ minutes  :  Reading ( review letters, sounds, rhyming games, worksheets, apps)

    5+ minutes  :  Brain Break ( music and movement- check out the links I share)

    5+ minutes  : Fine Motor ( tracing lines, shapes, letters, coloring, scissor practice)

    5+ minutes  : Story ( read to your child or listen to story and songs on YouTube links)

    10+ minutes: Hands-on activity related to story or content ( worksheet, craft, snack activity, art)

    5+ minutes  : Math (practice counting, count objects, order numbers, add objects, "give me" # of objects, worksheets)

    10+ minutes: Play ( play with toys appropriately, play games, playdough, puzzles etc...)

    30+ minutes: Extension activities ( outdoor play, recess, take a walk, simple chores, exercise, ball skills)

    During each activity, please keep in mind and practice communication and gross motor/fine motor skills.  Encourage your child to use words, phrases, pictures and sentences to communicate what they need or want.  If you need communication pictures, please let me know.  I can help with that. Practice appropriate pencil grip, scissor grip, helping hand holds paper, thumbs up when cutting, starting letter at the top etc...  I know it's a lot but I'm here to help.