As the school year begins, homework, assignments, and deadlines come along. Children have to be organized. For some, organization comes naturally, while others have to work little harder to maintain a schedule in which they get everything done in a timely manner. Few days ago, I was talking to one of my friends about the same topic.
I liked few of her suggestions like setting an alarm clock, giving them responsibly to take care of the time etc. I added few from my side and here is the post ready for you ‘7 Tips For Organizing Kids Homework and Time Management ’
1. Give Them Some ‘Me Time’:
Once again, like I said in Open Conversation post, I would stress over the need of giving them Me time. After they are settled, had lunch/snack then start conversation about classwork/homework.
2. Get Organized:
Set a routine. Using alarm clock is a good option. For young kids, you can set the clock (divide the time into parts). For older kids, they can set a time for each activity. Take it as an opportunity to teach them time management.
You can also create a homework calendar. For Elementary school kids, parents can help them in filling up the calendar. My daughter loves to fill out her activities on the calendar. Later, she reminds me to wipe it off once that event/activity is done.
3. Take Breaks:
Even for adults, taking breaks is always advisable during their working hours. It replenishes & refreshes the brain.
4. Extracurricular Activities Play A Major Role:
They really do. They work as a relaxer. Sometimes motivator too. Kids finish their work well in time so that they will make it for the class.
5. Keep The Workplace Tidy:
Have you ever wondered how come a teacher manages to keep and handle the entire student’s stationery? If you have noticed, they have designated bins/trays/baskets for each of their stationery. That helps the student in finding their material.
Cluttered table do not give good results. Make it a weekend project & work with your child in cleaning up the shelves, tables. When your child is in a need of an eraser or a sharpened pencil, s(he) should know where to find it. It has been seen that more than half of the study time just pass like that in finding and gathering stuff.
6. Break Large Projects Into Small Chunks:
This could be an ideal option for older kids. If they have an assignment due in 3 weeks, encourage them to set weekly goals. This way they will not be overburdened and their assignment will be done in time. All these above points are directing towards our last point.
7. Talk to Them About The Importance of Following Deadlines:
Teach them not to wait till end. Finishing up the homework before time is an accomplishment. They can spend rest of their time in doing some other work they like.
This is a guest post by Alpana Deo. She is a blogger Mom from USA and authors her own Parenting website www.mothersgurukul.com. Mothers Gurukul is a place not only for moms or parents who are trying to raise their kids in two very rich but totally different cultures but also for those who love children and would like to read and contribute towards this topic. It covers all those areas where any mom can be actively involved. You can also find her articles in Austin South Asian newsletter, Bloggy Moms, Indian Moms Connect.