Givens said a routine is the biggest key. On social media, many are circulating suggested schedules with blocks of time for play, activities and learning. Givens gives her children about 30 minutes each morning to wake up and eat breakfast. Then, throughout the day, they allot one-hour increments for learning. They’ll work on one subject, then take a break — go outside, for example. She sets up 15-minute breaks in between their activities, where they can play in their rooms. And her children are such different ages that they have different schedules.
“Every kid is so individual,” she said. She writes the schedules on a dry erase board. Walk children through the plan for the day, and consider allowing them to pick, for example, whether they want to do language arts work or math during a certain time.