Time management for kids
When teaching time management to a child, use an analog clock ( One where the hands move around in a circle) rather than a digital clock. Time is easier for them to conceptualize when they can see the minutes moving by.
A signal that your child is old enough to learn to plan is that he begins to receive long term homework assignments. Have him record the due date on a month at a glance calendar. Then have him establish interim dead lines and note those on the calendar too.
It can be difficult for every young children to budget time, so break their chores into ten or fifteen minute blocks. Use a kitchen timer to signal the end of each segment.
Teenagers use their bedrooms for three different activities: studying, socializing and sleeping.
For one room to accommodate all three functions, it's best to use multipurpose furniture. Decorative wooden cubes provide a place for files and can also serve as a coffee table when your child has friends over. Storage ottomans hold blankets and can be used as extra seating when needed. A daybed can be both a cough and a place to sleep.
Create a study center in your home
Just as a business person has an office with a desk, a student needs an area where he can study and store his schoolwork. Follow these five steps to establish order:
1. Set up a work surface. It can be a desk or a large table. There should be enough space for both paperwork and a computer, as well as an accessible power outlet.
2. Find a chair that is at the right height for the table. Your child may need as footstool to maintain proper posture.
3. Bring in task lighting. A desk or floor lamp that shines on the work surface will do.
4. Label one hanging file folder for each class. If there is no file drawer, use a portable file box to house them.
5. Create a basket containing all the frequently used supplies such as pens, pencils and stapler.
Avoid using the kitchen table as the study center, loading it up with backpacks, books and supplies. It's disruptive to children to have to move all their work when it's time to eat dinner. If mom or dad need to supervise homework while cooking, have your child bring just a few papers to the kitchen table or island to work on.