Resources for Lower Elem Families

Here are some ideas of activities that your child might enjoy compiled from the lower elementary teachers.

Here is a general schedule of a day at school in the lower elementary-

  • 8:30 work time
  • 11:15 clean up/ read aloud
  • 11:30 lunch
  • 12:00 clean up
  • 12:15 outside
  • 1:00 silent reading
  • 1:20 community time/ meditation
  • 1:30 work time/creative time
  • 2:45 jobs
  • 3:10 read aloud or journal
  • 3:35 dismissal/outside time for late pm
  • 4:30 games
  • 5:30 late pm ends

You might like to use a variation of this schedule to help have a structure the next few weeks while school is out of session.

Perhaps you could provide your child with a notebook and a folder to record any work and hold extra papers.  The children are familiar with writing the date every day and recording what they work on, this would be helpful to continue.  If the children could continue daily reading and writing practice, that will make it easier when we transition back to school.

We have generated a list of ideas for you to choose from, perhaps aim for 3 in the morning and 1 or 2 in the afternoon.  Of course, we understand that many of you will still be working and you will have to figure out what works best for you.

Handwriting Ideas

  • Find a passage in a book and write it in your most beautiful cursive.\
  • Be the student and have your child teach you cursive.
  • Print out a sheet of capital letter practice.
  • Practice writing in print.
  • Try calligraphy.
  • Choose a prompt from the enclosed list and write a journal entry

Language Related Studies

  • Use grammar symbols (on next page) and symbolize a sentence or poem
  • Make a list of verbs (or adjectives, etc) in the book you are currently reading
  • Label all the things in your environment that have consonant blends, long vowel sounds, etc with a word written on a piece of paper and taped to that item, or have the kids make a list of all of those items. Use a dictionary if you need more ideas
  • Examples of consonant blends are bl, sl, cr, sn, ng, etc.
  • Examples of long vowel sounds-ay, ai, ee, ea, oa, silent e words
  • Make an ongoing list of synonyms and antonyms and/or homophones
  • Alphabetize books, records,spices, etc.
  • Write a play and perform it.
  • Write a story.
  • Randomly choose some letters.  Try to make as many words using those letters as possible.
  • Read a William Allen White book from the 2019-2020 list
  • Make a list of (heavy things, light things, red things, soft things, etc)
  • Write poetry such as an acrostic using your name and the names of people in your family.
  • Write a letter to your teacher about what you did today.
  • For each letter of the alphabet, find an object that begins with the letter

















Writing prompts for daily writing:

















Math/Geometry Ideas

  • Practice addition or subtraction on paper
  • Make a Montessori math material such as the golden beads with legos or the stamp game with paper.  Be creative!

Montessori stamp game

–> homemade stamp game







Montessori golden beads






–> homemade golden beads






  • Do the 45 layout with the homemade golden beads
  • Do some math problems with the homemade materials.







  • Multiplication with graph paper
  • Print out practice math from, including distance and time, math facts, and word problems.
  • Bar graph (items in house (chairs, tables, lights) or types of food in kitchen (canned, boxed, bagged, etc)
  • Time one another running a certain distance or some other activity 5-10 times and find the average
  • Count all the money in your change jar.  Print  money word problems. Make a menu and order items and then add up the total, make clay food too..
  • Practice telling time and duration of time.
  • Do a project that involves measuring.
  • Choose 2 to 4 digits (for example 4 digits: 2, 4, 6, and 0): Make the largest number you can with these digits (6,420), make the smallest, make a number between 40 and 60, make a number less than/bigger than ___, closest to 25, etc.
  • Bake something from scratch and practice fractions
  • Liquid measurements- how many cups equal a pint, a quart, etc.
  • Use a tape measure (or object) to measure rooms in your house and make a floor plan with the area of each room recorded, draw on graph paper, determine how many feet each square represents
  • Celebrate Pi Day!
  • Make a list of all the right angles in your house.
  • Math games with a deck of cards or dice
  • Play Yahtzee or Cribbage

Projects and Practical Life Activities

  • Types of clouds observation
  • Bird watching, draws birds try to identify
  • Leaf rubbing- label parts, try to identify
  • Sketch an object in your house and write about why is it important to you.
  • Write a report about a family member.
  • Fill a box with toys you don’t play with anymore. Donate it.
  • Write a thank you letter to someone in the community who is still working (people stocking shelves at stores, garbage collector, post office workers, etc.)
  • Bake something.
  • Free draw a map
  • Look for buds emerging on trees and plants
  • Prepare breakfast or a snack for a sibling or parent and yourself.
  • Fold a load of laundry and put it away.
  • Unload the dishwasher.
  • Sweep the driveway.
  • Go on a neighborhood walk with an adult. Count and tally the number of windows in houses and cars. Count the number of trees. When you get home, add up all of these numbers or make a bar graph if you know how.
  • Read a book to a sibling or pet.
  • Make a tree bark rubbing. Write the story of this tree.
  • Write a letter to a relative and mail it. Include artwork.
  • Read for 20-30 minutes a day.
  • Write the world’s longest list of animals.
  • Draw a map of your house.
  • Write a report and do a presentation to your family
  • Make a diorama
  • Draw a food web.
  • Dance, play music
  • Organize a dresser or closet
  • Write a book or comic book
  • Observe cars that pass by your house in half an hour.  Tally the color of each car.
  • Clean plants with a damp cotton ball
  • Scrub grout between tiles with a toothbrush
  • Do a sewing project
  • Find science experiments to do
  • Research a woman in history and do a project to go with it
  • Reproduce a famous art piece
  • Sweep outside
  • Find 30 objects in your home.  Sort them into lists (things that are red, things that are plastic, etc)
  • Pick up sticks, and build a fort or miniature log cabin
  • Tying shoes
  • Braiding (friendship bracelets or hair)
  • Make homemade playdough and then get creative