In-Home Learning Made Simpler During COVID-19Due to the worldwide pandemic of COVD-19, school studies have been moved inside the home for many students. During this time of in-home learning, students may experience anxiety associated with changing schedules and environments. Parents are navigating working from home and teaching their kids, all at once. This is a time of adjustment and transition for the whole family.
One of the easiest ways to help ease anxiety, in both parents and students, is to keep a schedule and routine, even though it will look different. By giving your child the independence and confidence to track their own time while learning at home, you can help ease the transition to in-home learning.
Additional Resources to help you through COVID-19 School Closures:Find Community at Make Every Moment Count: a Facebook Group for Parents and Educators
How to Support Students with Diverse Needs During COVID-19 according to an Education Scholar
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Schooling Right at Home with the Time TimerTime Timer is a recognized resource for the classroom, but that doesn’t mean the classroom needs to be in a school building. Choosing to educate children in the home environment can add the flexibility and accommodations that can enhance learning for many students. Just like in the classroom, the Time Timer can increase focus and self-regulation, making homeschooling efficient, effective, and far less stressful for both students and educators.
4 Ways the Time Timer can help with homeschooling:
1. Visually define a period of time for a for specific subjects, assignments, or tasks
2. Improve focus for independent student work
3. Show how much time is available to transition between activities or subjects
4. Use as a “do not disturb” for other family members to encourage uninterrupted work by student or teacher
How the Time Timer Works
Easy to Set: To set a Time Timer, move the colored disk to the desired amount of time.
No Loud Ticking: The time automatically begins to count down with no loud ticking.
Time Visually Disappears: As time elapses, the colored disk disappears. The Time Timer operates in a clockwise direction.
Make Every Moment Count: Time is up when the disk is gone!
Intuitive Assistive TechnologyTime Timer believes in creating products that truly help people of all ages and abilities to conquer time – in the classroom, in the home, and in the office. While time can be a challenge for everyone, we aim to provide intuitive and innovative solutions that make a real difference.
Time Timer is clinically proven to increase self-regulation.
A study conducted by the Department of Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University found that children ages 2-4 years old showed a significant increase in self-regulation skills when the Time Timer® was used to facilitate their activity.
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Recommended Homeschooling Time Management Tools
MOD + Dry Erase Board
The Time Timer MOD + Dry Erase Board gives your student the ability to track schedules, tasks, and routines in proximity of the Time Timer. With a single glance, students and educators can track their tasks as well as how much time they have left to complete. This product is great for easing transitions, and setting expectations for what comes next.
PLUS 20 Minute
With the Time Timer PLUS 20 Minute, your child can independently track their time while completing school tasks. The 20 Minute duration is great for completing one task at a time and staying focused for shorter bursts. It’s a perfect duration for the Pomodoro techniques and reading requirements. Depending on your child’s age and activity needs, you can explore the entire Time Timer PLUS Family, available in 5-Minute, 20-Minute, 60-Minute, and 120-Minute versions, to find the perfect duration for your child.
Original 12” Magnet
The size of the Time Timer Original 12 inch allows it to be seen anywhere in the room. This is perfect for homeschooling multiple kids at once, or if you need to keep the Time Timer out of reach. It can easily be seen from a distance. Its versatile placement options mean it can be hung on the wall, stood on a desktop with its foldable feet, or placed on anything magnetic.
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Other Homeschool Resources:Time Timer is recommended in the book Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask by Patricia Schetter, Jeanette McAfee (Foreword by), Kandis Lighthall
Website Resources:The Old Schoolhouse: The Family Education Magazine
Homeschooling with Dyslexia
Medium: Our Favorite Homeschooling Resources