Effective Time Management Techniques for Children
By Andrew Loh
Teaching time management skills to your children is a time consuming
task because children need more time to orient themselves to the basics
of the art. Hence, you should set some basic rules before teaching them
the basics of time management. Here are some of those rules:
School day: Many things happen at school! Your child
will undergo many experiences in his classroom. You may want to know
something about them. Ask your children what happened in the classroom
and try to decipher if there is anything special.
Reschedule homework: Homework is the most important activity
for your child. Make sure that you schedule it in such a way that your
children will complete it without fail. It is "priority number one" for
your children. It means that this schedule should go first in the time
Rearrange homework space:
You should keep your children's homework place in mind. Some children
are auditory learners while others prefer quiet and relaxing environment
to do their homework.
Stay fully involved in your
children's class work: Young children need more supervision
because of their age and indiscipline nature. Older children do not need
so much attention. Stay with them when they are doing homework.
Introduce time management techniques in a subtle way:
As you prepare yourself to the task of introducing your children to time
management techniques, you should initiate the basic principles of time
management in a subtle way. Keep a clock nearby and keep reminding your
children about the importance of time. Insist on finishing the homework
on time. Reserve some time for homework and other related activities.
Keep a desk calendar on the table and show children how to mark the
calendar for finished work. In addition, tell them how to note down the
date and timings for all future homework schedules.
How your child thinks and acts will largely influence in what way you can train
them for better time management techniques. It also depends on their
learning styles. Logical and analytical learners like to organize their
schedules and they are very neat and methodic. On the other hand,
creative and emotional thinkers are somewhat disorganized and
disoriented. You will need to keep these things in mind before starting
time management classes.
Every child is different in learning and attitude. You will have to keep
these things in mind before initiating them to the art of time
management. For young learners, you may wish to introduce pictorial and
theme based exercises that relate to time management. Here are some of
the simple techniques.
Classical time chart
This is possibly the most widely used time management tool in use today. A classical time chart
will have a table with different activities those are graded according
to their importance. Each activity will be allotted a specific amount of
time and one is expected to finish the allotted task within time. The
entire exercise should be continued without fail for a minimum of three
months until such a time the child who practices it become accustomed to
the art of time management.
Making a time chart on a pizza
A pizza, pie chart is a great way to teach your
children the basics of time management. Cook a big pizza and ask your
children watch you are going to do. Take a knife and prepare a pie chart
on the pie. Divide the pie chart with the following types of activity
and later assign time for each one of them. Here is an example:
School: 6 hours
Homework: 2 hours
Reading: 1 hour
Playing: 1 hour
Watching TV: 30 minutes
House chore: 1 hour
As you explain why time management is necessary for classroom success,
you may want to enforce the rule so that your child children follow it
without fail. The most important goal is to let your children know why
following the schedule is important for them.
Planning by time
Allotting time for daily activities is
another wonderful method. Prepare a time chart on a sheet of paper and
hang it on your children's bedroom wall. The chart should include time
slots for different activities. A child's daily life is a series of
activities like cleaning, bathing, breakfast, travelling to school,
attending classes, returning from school, playing, watching TV,
homework, house chores, lunch, dinner etc. Make an hourly chart with
each activity highlighted against every hour.
Children must know how to prioritize their work. They should also know how to create a
hierarchy of events and use it as a daily checklist to make best use of
their time. Make them realize that schoolwork is the most important
aspect of their life. Ask them to include all school activities in the
checklist and assign period for each one of them. A small To-Do item
list is a wonderful idea to streamline their daily activities.
Time management is mastered by sheer work and consistent practice. No
one can claim to be the best time manager. However, when your children
start this exercise while they are young, they will would take the first
real step towards achieving the best in their life.