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Creating a schedule for home whilst school is closed

Many children both with, and without SEND needs will find the transition from learning at school to learning at home very difficult and understanding the expectations and routines can create further frustrations and anxiety both for the children and you as parents. 

One way to support your child is to use a schedule, just like the visual timetables we use at school, to help your child understand the routine and structure of the day. This does not need to be elaborate or specialist, a simple written timetable with an outline of the day will work just as well! Colour coding can be effective as well as simple drawn pictures if your child struggles with written language. Lots of children will benefit from ticking off what has been completed to support their understanding of the concept time and how many things are left to do.

The examples below show you what this could look like and are easily adaptable to suit your home and family. Older children could draw up their own timetables and really take ownership of their learning. Please send any photographs of a schedule you or your children have created so that we can share great ideas! 

Picture 1 Example of colour coded daily schedule for home
Picture 2 Example of symbol supported daily schedule
Picture 3 Example of colour coded daily schedule for home

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