A Simple Strategy for Teaching Time Management

Younger kids can benefit from simple time management exercises as well.  Here are a few ideas for beginning.

  1. Add important events to the calendar such as holidays, birthdays and other important including afternoon and evening commitments such as music lessons, sports practices. Add any classes that they are taking through homeschool group. As school projects come in, add those as well as test dates to the calendar.
  2. Work with your child as needed. This will be daily at first. Guide them every day. Very seldom does a day go just as it is planned.

3. Family calendar. keep a family calendar in a prominent location so that all family members can see it.  Use different colors for each person so that even younger kids can easily see when they have something planned.

4. Don’t overschedule. Family relationships suffer when everyone is running around with no down time.

5. Not all tasks are essential. Make a prioritized list. Some tasks can wait. Some tasks can be delegated. Some tasks can be tossed.

6. Create a dedicated study time. Set up a time devoted only to studying or homework. Shut off your phone and respond to calls or texts when your work is finished. Don’t check email or surf the Web (except when you need to for the work you’re doing) during this time either.

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