Create a Home Environment that Fosters Student Success
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Create a Home Environment that Fosters Student Success

Easy steps to help your child be more successful in school and life... with less stress
4.0 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
594 students enrolled
Created by Dr Susie Wolbe
Last updated 12/2015
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  • 32 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify appropriate expectations for their children in the areas of academics, extracurriculars, and technology
  • Understand the concept family meetings and know how to start a practice of regularly scheduled meetings in their family
  • Create a home study area with children understanding their associated responsibilities
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course will help your child become more successful in school and life! You will learn how to create appropriate expectations in academics, extracurriculars, and technology, start a tradition of family meetings, and discover how to implement study and organization practices based on brain research.

Your personal level of home stress will decrease at the same time! You will learn how to develop a plan, with your children, that will gradually increase their level of responsibilities for tasks related to their school and activities, removing the burden from your shoulders. This will happen naturally as you begin a tradition of regularly scheduled family meetings where a team approach will soon become the place to resolve family issues.

Invaluable supplemental resources include a worksheet for parents/families to use when setting expectations, a sample script for children to use when learning how to solve their own problems, and a list of materials to include in a newly created home study area.

BONUS INFORMATION includes current brain research as it applies to study and organization, and multitasking.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for any adults with school-aged children living in the home.
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Creating a Home Environment to Support Student Success
7 Lectures 32:46

Get a head start in helping your children develop study and organization skills that will grown into LIFE skills, enabling them to reach their greatest potential. It is NEVER too late to start these strategies!

Preview 02:38

Appropriate Expectations:

  • Academics
    • Work ethic, motivation, and desire to succeed ar greater indications of future success, in both school and in life, than a high IQ.
    • Less about earning a particular grade in school and more about responsible behavior and work ethic
    • 4 Ps
      • Prompt-on time and meeting deadlines
      • Prepared-having necessary materials and working ahead to provide "wiggle room" for unexpected activities
      • Pleasant-having a good attitude toward peers and adults; learning how to handle conflicts appropriately and respectfully
      • Proud-of appearance, language, and actions
  • Extracurricular Activities
    • Serve purposes beyond the activity itself
    • Participation based on interest level and appropriate behavior, not grades earned in school
    • Can impact family time, finances, time to complete schoolwork, getting enough sleep, and just having time to relax and keep a balanced life
    • Avoid over-scheduling!!!
  • Technology
    • A privilege, not a right
    • Parents need to establish guidelines for usage and consequences for not following the rules

BRAIN SCIENCE: Multitasking, doing more than one thing at a time, reduces the effectiveness of brain power and results in taking a longer time to complete work and a lower-level product. In other words, listening to music, texting/emailing friends, or checking social media while doing homework takes you longer to complete the work and you don't do as well as you might have otherwise.

EXTRA TIP: Have all the technology recharge in a common area beginning at a certain time each night so kids don't stay up late each night texting, emailing, checking social media, etc. The National Sleep Foundation recommends preschoolers get 10-13 hours of sleep each night, school age children 9 - 11 hours, and teens 8-10 hours. (

Preview 09:58

Using family meetings to strengthen ties and support, and resolve group concerns

Home Study Area:

  • A place for students to complete work so they don't get distracted when in the middle of working on assignments.
  • Children generate list of what is needed, parents supply materials, children let parents know when more supplies are needed. (sample list provided in downloadable materials)
  • Children in charge of upkeep of the area.
  • Parents need to have a discussion with children about acceptable use of technology (if technology is included in the home study area).
  • A tote or box should hold materials if the study area is in a common area.
  • What is/is not allowed during study time and near the study area?

Decide with children, and increase as they age and mature:

  • Making own breakfasts/lunches
  • Picking out own clothes (DON'T FORGET KNOWING WHERE THEIR SHOES ARE!!)
  • Waking themselves up
  • Where to put backpack before they go to bed (HINT: Putting it next to the door they're going to be leaving from the next day saves A LOT of commotion each morning)
  • Responsibilities/schedule before school and after school and expectations for during the school day
Create a home study area and help students increase personal responsibility.

Parents need to continue providing oversight as children go through school. Maintain/initiate communication, as appropriate and necessary, with:

  • teacher
  • counselor
  • learning specialist

Implement 1-2 new procedures at a time. Once everyone is used to the new procedures, then add more in.

It takes time and patience to get everything working the way you'll want it to.

Parental oversight: A continuing role

Key Points to Remember:

  • Regardless of family situation, children deserve the best chance to reach their personal level of success.
  • A positive mindset is essential. It's just taking one baby step at a time.
  • Parents can be the best, or worst, example for their children; make rules you're willing to live by if you want your children to follow those rules.
  • Appropriate communication is essential.
  • Mindfulness, a simple, secular, and scientifically supported practice, is a great way to reduce stress and improve social-emotional skills. (Discount coupon for this class coming soon.)
  • Collect and post motivational quotes.

Thanks for taking this class! If you found the information to be helpful, I'd really appreciate your posting a positive review. And don't forget to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Be well.

Susie Wolbe

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About the Instructor
Dr Susie Wolbe
4.1 Average rating
8 Reviews
601 Students
2 Courses
former principal, teacher, tutor, author, Udemy instructor

Dr. Susie Wolbe was a classroom teacher in both public and private schools before serving as K-8 principal in a private school for fourteen years. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Elementary Education, holds an Ed.D. in Educational Supervision with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, and is certified as a Mindful Schools instructor. She currently works with adults and children in both group and individual settings and is a continuing education provider for the state of Texas (CPE# 902209).

Dr. Wolbe has used mindfulness strategies to learn how to manage life’s sometimes-overwhelming demands. She is now committed to helping other people do the same, especially as it applies to students, educators, and parents. Beyond the classroom, Dr. Wolbe has manufactured children’s clothing and holds a real estate broker’s license. She and her husband have five children and seven grandchildren.

D. Wolbe is the author of The Empowered Teacher: Proven Tips for Classroom Success and PROTECT  PROJECT  EMPOWER.