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.
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!
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. (https://sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/STREPchanges_1.png)
Home Study Area:
Decide with children, and increase as they age and mature:
Parents need to continue providing oversight as children go through school. Maintain/initiate communication, as appropriate and necessary, with:
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.
Key Points to Remember:
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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.