Have you ever stopped to think about all the skills that are easy for you as an adult because you learned them as a child? Many of us struggle with scheduling and managing our time because of the simple fact that we didn’t start learning those skills until adulthood. But we can change that with our children!
There are many things we can teach our children, starting with basic habits for our young learners and continuing with practice in scheduling for our elementary students. By the time our students reach the middle school years, though, they are really ready to begin taking a more active role in managing their own time.
Tips for the Beginning to Understand Stage
By middle school, your children are ready to process through each morning’s routine without prompting. Encourage them to take responsibility for getting breakfast, getting dressed, grooming, and tidying their room.
- Purchase student planners for your children and show them how to use them. Early diligence and training can develop a habit that will continue for life and save time and problems later on.
- Spend a few minutes each day discussing what needs to be accomplished before beginning the day.
- Have your children make a to-do list every day, then mark off each task as it is completed.
- Teach your children to avoid procrastination. Getting the task done will make free time much more enjoyable.
- Cooking helps your child to work on time management skills. Begin with simple recipes, working up to full meals that require careful management to be done at the same time.
- Teach goal-setting. Show students how to set a large goal and then divide it up into smaller goals.
- Help children determine when to be rigid with the schedule and when to be flexible.
Do you know how to use a planner in a way that matches with your planner personality? The more you learn yourself, the more you can pass skills on to your children. Take our Planner Personality Quiz to discover scheduling tips for your planner personality type.