Schedules & Routines

Learning at Home: Sample Schedule & Resources for Elementary School Students with ADHD

You didn’t sign up to homeschool your child with ADHD, but here you are. You know that routine is critical, but none of the old scheduling rules apply to the situation at hand. So here is ADDitude’s sample schedule for elementary school kids with ADHD who find themselves suddenly learning from home.

A child taking notes as part of a learning from home program

As school districts across the country close — some indefinitely — in response to the novel respiratory disease outbreak, many parents are suddenly scrambling to figure out how to balance academics with arts, with athletics, with social distancing, with mental health, and with their own work-for-home job obligations.

For parents of children in elementary school, who are too young to stay at home alone and to keep themselves productively occupied, the struggle is all the more challenging. Even as schools introduce remote learning plans, it’s up to parents to keep a steady daily schedule filled with appropriate educational resources. It’s up to us to ensure that our children continue to learn and develop — while maintaining the peace at home — and with no real road map to speak of.

Here is ADDitude’s sample daily schedule designed to keep children with ADHD engaged and interested, along with educational resources for each subject that guarantee quality learning.

Time Activity Ideas and Resources
8:00 a.m. Wake up and prepare for the day
8:45 a.m. Physical Activity
9:00 a.m. Reading
9:30 a.m. Writing
10 a.m. Movement break
  • Obstacle course
  • Build a fort
  • Shoot hoops or play kickball
10:30 a.m. History and Social Studies
11:15 a.m. Creative Time
12 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Recess/Free Time
1:30 p.m. Math
2:30 p.m. Science
3 p.m. Movement break
3:30 p.m. Misc. Academics/Enrichment
4:30 p.m. Chores
5:00 p.m. Screen-Free Fun Time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. TV/Screen Time
7:30 p.m. Family time
8:30 p.m. Get ready for bed
9:00 p.m. Bedtime

Tell us: What other learning or activity resources would you recommend to ADDitude families? Use the comments below to share recommendations!

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