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Close to Home: How to Organize an Online Class Schedule around Your Kids

close-to-home-how-to-organize-an-online-class-schedule-around-your-kidsIt can be a challenge to get anything done while kids are in the house, especially if you need time to concentrate and a quiet environment for studying. So how should you organize an online class schedule around your kids so you can accomplish your goals and still have time for your family?

Early Bird Gets the Worm

It seems to be a given that children will wake up early no matter what time they went to bed. If you know that your kids wake up at 6:30 every day, then set your alarm for 5:00 and give yourself some time to accomplish your schoolwork. It might be challenging to wake up before the sun, but it will help you to be less stressed later in the day because you have already taken the time to review your class materials.

Take Advantage of Naps and Quiet Times

Babies and toddlers usually have a somewhat predictable nap schedule. Take advantage of this time and use it to read your textbook or take notes. There are some chores that can be completed while your kids are awake and others that should be prioritized for nap times. Studying is definitely something that you should save for naps or quiet time.

Playtime

Kids learn through play and it is perfectly fine for your kids to play independently while you read or take notes. Make sure your children are safe and having fun while you get in a little extra study time. Children that are three and older tend to have longer attention spans and are able to concentrate for longer periods of time. Give your children quiet activities like coloring or puzzles to keep them learning right along with you. If you are working on an online master’s degree in project management, use the time you spend on the computer to print off coloring pages or find games they can do on the side while you print out schoolwork.

Bedtime

Bedtime tends to be a challenging part of the day when you have kids. It can be hard to know when the kids will actually quiet down and go to sleep. You may be interrupted by getting them drinks of water, stories, or the possibility of them wandering out of their bed to see what you are doing. If you are a night-owl, bedtime could be the ideal time for you to work on your online class work. Once the kids have settled in, make sure you are ready to study.

Once you are in a routine, you will be able to organize a class schedule around your children so you can accomplish your educational and career goals.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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