Time management seems to one of those forgotten life skills that we seem to forget to teach to our children. Not because we don’t want to teach our children the importance of managing one’s time wisely, but more because we get overwhelmed with the thought of teaching something with which we ourselves struggle. Teaching time management skills in our homeschool will not only help our young students advance in grade level but it will also help them to make steps in developing a love of learning and help them become independent learners.
Teaching Time Managment Basics
At some point, we must be able to hand out projects, household tasks and more without fear they will never get done. After all, our children will be out in the world at some point and they will need to know how to manage their time wisely. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you begin today!
- Post a schedule: Make it the outline of the day. This will help you and your children to know what is coming next and will help you both get used to following a schedule and routine. Not only does this teach time management but it will also help with productivity.
- Provide them with a planner: It doesn’t have to be an expensive planner but a planner will help keep track of their school assignments and will also help them keep track of all their obligations.
- Model the same behavior you are trying to teach: If we are trying to teach our children to be great stewards of their time, then we need to make sure we are doing the same. Many times our children only absorb what they see us do and not what we say to do.
- Allow them the abilities to fail so they can learn the consequences: As your child gets older we have to back away a bit (painful I know). However, they have to learn that if they do not keep up with their assignments they are at a risk of missing out on some things.
- For younger children use a timer to keep them focused: Timers are amazing in making small steps toward time management. Who am I kidding timers also work for adults and children who suffer from ADHD.
So these are 5 ways in which I am teaching my crew how to be better managers of their time and I would love to hear some of your tips!