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Parent-Created Schedule for Home-Based School Activities

With school closings due to the coronavirus and COVID-19, many parents are scrambling to put something into place at home.

I am the mother of two boys:  Liam, who is in 5th grade and is deafblind, and  Finn, who is in 2nd grade and has typical vision and hearing.  With our schools closed for this coming week (possibly longer) I came up with a schedule (in print and braille) for my boys to keep them (and me!:) busy, happy and still learning. It is posted on our fridge. I also created a list of “play time” ideas that they could choose from to respond to the ever-popular statements, “I don’t know what to play!” or “I’m bored.”  We just finished day one and it went well!   In the evenings we will plan to go for a walk if it is nice, and bake or read.

Daily schedule in print and braille posted on the fridge

Daily Schedule:

  1. Breakfast and play (and TV)
  2. School work
  3. Snack and Play (no TV)
  4. School work
  5. Art 
  6. Lunch
  7. Rest time
  8. Snack and Play (no TV)
  9. School work
  10. Play time
  11. Clean house

Play time ideas:

  1. Lincoln logs
  2. Play dough
  3. Read
  4. Art box
  5. Lego blocks
  6. Games

Two brothers working at homeA boy does his braille work at home.

Sample School Work Blocks

Daily work sample schedule for the three “school work” blocks for Liam:

Block 1

  1. Read the book with mom
  2. Write 3 sentences summary
  3. Read 10 minutes by yourself
  4. Abacus practice with mom

Block 2

  1. Computer Cursor Work (Braillenote Touch Plus)
  2. Read 10 minutes by yourself
  3. Math worksheet on the computer (calculator)

Block 3

  1. Plan a story using character, setting and plot
  2. Practice adding spaces on the computer
  3. Calculator fun

Three work blocks


Each day we will plan to do an art project together as well.  Today’s art project was one I found on Amazon called Magic Nuudles (Biodegradable and non-toxic).  Thankfully I was planning to do the project over spring break, so I already had it ordered.  If you dab the “Nuudles” in a little bit of water, they become sticky and stick almost instantly to paper or each other.  I really liked this product because it was tactile of course, but also not too sticky that Liam would still want to do it!  

Magic Nuudles  Magic Nuudles in trays

A boy explores the Magic Nuudles A boy who is deafblind creates design with Magic Nuudles.

A boy who is deafblind holds up his Magic Nuudles design.
Collage of home-based activities during school closures
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