Dr. Woods recently shared with us some wonderful organizational tips for families trying to stay on task during the summer months. She provides a great sample calendar for your child to follow here. Just remember the goal of the calendar is to give tasks in a sequence, the exact times that something happens are much less important than the fact that you are teaching the child to create lists that must be completed.
Deadlines can cause unnecessary stress for children and their families and tend to put children in to either attack mode or in to a state of disillusion where they won’t get anything accomplished. I believe you will find Dr. Woods calendar most effective!
For the calendar, a good starting place would be:
- Breakfast at 8am
- Brush teeth Brush hair Get dressed
- Help mom/dad with chores
- Swimming Lessons at 10 am
- Put wet towels and suit in laundry room
- Put on dry clothing
- Lunch at noon
- Reading and Quiet Time 2-3 pm
- Free play time 3-5pm
- Dinner at 5:30 pm
- Help mom/dad set the table
- Help mom/dad load the dishwasher after dinner
- Get ready for bed
- Take a bath
- Change into pajamas
- Brush teeth
- IF ready by 8pm- mom/dad will read books with you
The concept is NOT to have exact times but to practice thinking through the sequence of tasks to be accomplished in one day. If one day is too much, try a morning or afternoon to start. Then begin adding in assignments to the binder and have your child decide the time of day best to complete the work. Assignments could be addition/subtraction problems, reading comprehension, practice reading a map-the level of difficulty determined by your child’s mastery level of school subjects over the past school year.
Remember the old saying “Practice makes perfect”. Encourage your child with positive comments like: “I like the way you put your clothing away!” or “You answered the math problem correctly-way to go!”
Stickers, 15 minutes of one-on-one time, a trip for ice cream cones, renting a movie, reading a special book together are also good examples of rewards for accomplished days/weeks.
Helping your child learn sequencing, time management, and homework management all will significantly improve his/her functioning, not just in school, but in all of life! You will be guiding your child toward good habits for future success and having fun at the same time.