The year is going to progress whether we become involved with it or not. Those students who don’t take control of time will have time controlling them. It is these students, particularly Secondary School students, that display symptoms of stress as the year progresses.
Students who learn how to use a diary and planner at the beginning of the year are more likely to feel relaxed as the year progresses. Keeping a written diary or planner appears to be almost a lost science. Everything today seems to be electronic with touch pads for keying entries and apps that help to link all the diaries together and co-ordinate your appointments. This is all very impressive but is it helping your student?
At the beginning of the term or semester your student is given their assignments and due dates. They are also aware of sports training and events they should be attending; forthcoming birthdays and family events; and school activities. Showing your son or daughter how to use a diary is a valuable life skill to pass on to them. Sitting down once a week and running through that week’s entries helps to co-ordinate lifestyles.
Remember: We are all given twenty-four hours a day, how you use them is up to you.
“A stitch in time saves nine.” How do you know if your pre-schooler is ready for their big jump into primary school?
Does your child understand these words – “above”; “below”; “on”; “in”; “before”; “after”; “beside”; “first”; “second”; “last’: “stop”; “go”; “left”; “right”; “top”; “bottom”; “middle”?
Pre-school education should help young learners with their spatial skills and prepare them for primary school, however there are times when these skills are not acquired. This is no reflection upon the child, though not having an understanding can place the young learner at a disadvantage when they first attend primary school.
Can you imagine the difficulty a young learner will have following the simplest directions if they do not understand the words from the list above? We are seeing more instances where the parents of children in Years 1 and 2 are seeking help because their little ones are not keeping up at school.
How can a student fall into difficulty at such an early stage of their education?
Let the early years be play. Young children learn through play, being read to, and through song. Have any of these three things changed in the last two decades? Do children play with other children or with their parents like they used to? Are they being read to by an adult? Do the songs they listen to teach them about the spatial world around them?
The things we do with our children before they attend school are just as important as the education they receive before they become adults. If you can get the foundations right the structure is strong.