Ready, Set, Goals! Teaching Children To Stay Focused In School

September 8, 2015  |  

It’s back to school time and parents are hustling and bustling their children through the first week of school. After lounging for a few months for the summer, getting back on track swiftly is important for a successful school year. Aside from getting back into the habit of waking up early, it is important to have your children set goals for themselves for the upcoming school year. These goals will help them to stay focused in school year.

The goals that children set should be attainable goals, things that they want to achieve by the time they are done with school. Whether it’s learning how to write the alphabet in both caps and lowercase or handing in homework on time, students should select goals that will help them progress. As parents, we should guide them in selecting goals so that they don’t pick something that is unattainable. After all, we want them to reach their goal. Creating a goal chart is the perfect way to keep students focused on a goal. They set their goal, and then keep track of their progress which will give them a visual at how close they are at meeting that goal. Once the goal is met, that doesn’t mean they stop working on it. They should build consistency and integrate it into their everyday lives.
Keeping children focused can be tough. For others, focusing comes easy. Either way, doing a few key things can help.
Setting routines is a very easy way to keep children focused. From the time they wake up to the time they go back to sleep, a simple routine keeps them focused. When they come home from school, they should know that it’s snack time, homework time, rest time, dinner time, wash-up time, turn-down time, and then bed time. Developing these routines will help keep kids focused on what needs to be done and how. With a successful routine comes time management, an important life skill.
Time management is a very important part of helping children to stay focused. Routines help children manage their time so that they won’t feel overwhelmed with tasks, chores, family time, and social life. Managing time is especially important for children in middle school and high school as they have things like athletics, club meetings, and other events that take up a lot of their time. They need to make sure while tending to these extracurricular activities, they are taking care of their personal needs and tasks at home. Older children have access to smartphones and tablets. Using smartphone calendars and actual calendars at home is key to keeping up with schedules. Colored sticky notes help with separating events and happenings so that time can be blocked off accordingly.
For younger children, using a star chart is a fun, visual way to keep them on task. While some parents don’t want to reward their children for completing things they are supposed to be doing, the incentive makes things a little easier. It doesn’t have to be huge rewards, but a little something extra is a great way to keep the kiddies motivated. An extra snack in their lunchbox, a few more minutes of TV before bedtime, or even a trip to someplace special are some of the few incentives that will keep kids earning stars on their chart.
Of course, staying focused and following routines depends solely on the child. Trying these methods to foster better results for the school year will definitely make things smoother.

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