Reinvesting in our Parenting Routines – Distance Learning Week 4

Dear UNIS Elementary Families,

As the reality of another week of distance learning and disruption of our regular routines sets in this week we’d like to focus on keeping it simple and go back to some parenting basics. 


We kindly invite you to consider the following three mini-topics. You can conduct a little bit of self-analysis by considering where your family is currently, and where you might like to be. 

  1. Bedtime on a “school night”

Ask Yourself: 

  • How have your family’s bedtimes changed during school closure? 

Keep it Simple: 

  •  This week your child does not have to be “at school” by a certain time, but that will change soon enough (fingers crossed)!
  • We recommend slowly moving your child’s bedtime, in the case that they are staying up later than a normal on a “school night”, back towards the regular time. If you shift bedtime by 15-20 min a night, every two days, will that get your family back to ‘normal’ by next week? 
  • READ MORE: LINK – a recommended article on sleep

2. Start to snap back into productive morning routines

Ask Yourself: 

  • How different are your morning routines these days compared to when school campus is open? Would your family get out the door on time tomorrow (and stress free) if campus was reopened? 

Keep it Simple: 

  • Combined with a renewed attention to bedtimes, having your children start their day with a series of responsibilities will help shake any built-up lethargy out of your home this week. 
  • Consider writing or drawing the list of daily ‘wake up’ responsibilities that your child needs to complete… then…. Shhh! No nagging, let them self-manage through the list. Start tomorrow and see if each day this week can run smoother than the last!  
  • Check out this parent’s blog for excellent examples of chore and daily routine cards for kids. 

3. Your child can lead more aspects of their learning 

Ask Yourself: 

  • Now entering a 4th week of distance learning, your child(ren) are not novices at this any more, and neither are you!
  • Think about your child: what responsibilities can you hand over this week, which they wouldn’t have been ready for in week #1? 

Keep it Simple: 

  • The on-campus parent sessions last week were filled with stories of success and also struggle. One of the common themes was having a predictable schedule for the day that everyone in the family can follow to help bring a sense of order to the day and week. 
  • In what ways can you expect your child to extend themself this week and take more responsibility for their learning? 
    • Could they create their own daily schedule and check-off when tasks are complete? 
    • Could they prioritize which learning activities are the most important for them to complete? 
    • Could they start independently using a timer to assign time limits on how long they plan to spend on an activity?
    • READ MORE: LINK – an accessible article on executive function


Warmest regards, 

The UNIS ES Counseling Team

Kris Bezzerides (Discovery – Grade 2,

Dylan Meikle (Grades 3-5,

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