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Get Well Wednesday: How To Help Your Kids Be Their Best At School


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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO START TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATION AND EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITS? The best time is as soon as children start receiving homework or...

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO START TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT TIME MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATION AND EFFECTIVE STUDY HABITS?

The best time is as soon as children start receiving homework or weekly quizzes, like for spelling and math. Some schools don’t assign homework until 3rd grade, but there are others who begin in kindergarten so it just depends as to exactly when to get started. The idea is to start them early with good habits to help them become successful.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT TEACHING CHILDREN THESE LIFELONG SKILLS?

Parents should MODEL and MONITOR as much as they can! For example, to help with time management, parents can help children prioritize their evening homework routine as to which assignments should be done 1st, 2nd, etc, to ensure that kids tackle the challenging assignments first while their mental energy, mental effort and sustained attention is optimal. Additionally, parents can monitor when kids should take a “brain break” and for how long so it’s just enough to recharge, but not too long in that kids are so distracted that homework take all evening. I have lots of examples, but the key is modeling and monitoring.

HOW MUCH SHOULD THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TEACHING LEARNING STRATEGIES?

The hope would be that children would learn these strategies at school to help them be successful, however that is not always the case. So the goal has to be that if parents observe their children struggling, and it is due to them not handing assignments in on time, or always losing materials, or receiving unsatisfactory grades after they spent time “studying”, then it is time for the parents to step in and implement some systems to support the child.

EXPLAIN SELF-REGULATION OR EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS.

Self regulation is a general term that refers to how one regulates his/her behavior. One important aspect of self -regulation is self-monitoring. You have to monitor your behavior to know how well you are or are not doing so you can modify the behavior. Executive functioning refers to how individuals are able to be given a task, plan and organize the task,use effective strategies, and complete the task despite distractions.

WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST IF THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN HAS NOT MASTERED THESE SKILLS THEMSELVES?

I would suggest that they collaborate as much as possible with their child’s teacher and be honest about needing support about needing strategies to use at home.

WHAT ARE SOME SPECIFIC THING PARENTS CAN DO TO ENSURE LESS STRESSFUL EVENINGS AT HOME AND MORE PRODUCTIVE AND BETTER STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN SCHOOL?

Implement an efficient evening routine at home.

First would be to create a plan of the order in which work will be done and how much time it should take. Create a “checklist” of what assignments need to be done and prioritize the order of what should be done based on difficulty. Be sure to incorporate “brain breaks” based on the amount of work.

Create a space at home that is intended to get work done that is free from distractions. Be sure that it is FULLY stocked with supplies. This is essential so that kids don’t lose valuable time looking for paper, notecards, pens, USB drive, etc..

Create a calendar for long-term projects (tests, quizzes, essays, projects) so that each major project can be broken down into manageable mini-tasks that can ensure the task is done on time.

Create a home filing system especially for high school students so they can transfer old papers, quizzes and tests out of their binders and file later into an organizational system to be used later for studying for final exams. This will help them stay organized and not have their binders and notebook falling apart!

Create a space where all important forms, assignments, tests that need to signed by parents and returned to school are placed so parents can sign and immediately put in book bag. Pack bags before bed to lessen the possibility of a stressful morning!! Everyone needs to get out of the house!

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EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND LEARNING DISABILITIES SPECIALIST  DR. CHRISNA PERRY HAS NEARLY 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH CHILDREN WHO REQUIRE ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT.  IN HER PRIVATE PRACTICE, DR. PERRY ALSO SUPPORTS CHILDREN WITH ANXIETY, ADHD, AUTISM AND SENSORY INTEGRATION IN HER SOCIAL SKILLS SUPERSTARS PROGRAM.

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