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I actually went out and bought the items needed at the dollar stores for the Stoplight Calendar of priorities. I have my supplies purchased and I am excited about getting it all in order :)

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Great suggestions, Sheri.

I just returned from NJ where I had to pick up my daughter after she had a horrible freak accident (see my last two blogs). I want the last ten days of my summer vacation to be less stressful. I need some down time (but am not sure I am going to get it).

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You are right in saying July was turbulent to say the least. Weatherwise it was horrible and many people were sick...including myself. I am so pleased you have rediscovered the joy and calm that God can bring if you rely on Him to help you get things done. You also may want to try some of the following that I plan in instituting this fall and onward:

Homework - How to Use a Homework Calendar

Students with disabilities often need additional organizational support. Just as adults use calendars, schedulers, lists, and other devices to self-monitor activities, students can benefit from these tools as well. Students with disabilities can monitor their own homework using a planning calendar to keep track of homework assignments. Homework planners also can double as home-school communication tools if they include a space next to each assignment for messages from teachers and parents.

Here's how one teacher used a homework planner to increase communication with students' families and improve homework completion rates:

Students developed their own homework calendars. Each page in the calendar reflected one week. There was a space for students to write their homework assignments and a column for parent-teacher notes. The cover was a heavy card stock that children decorated. Students were expected to take their homework planners home each day and return them the next day to class.

In conjunction with the homework planner, students graphed their homework return and completion rates-another strategy that is linked to homework completion and improved performance on classroom assessments. The teacher built a reward system for returning homework and the planners. On a self-monitoring chart in their planner, students recorded each time they completed and returned their homework assignment by:

* Coloring the square for the day green if homework was completed and returned.

* Coloring the square for the day red if homework was not done.

* Coloring one-half of the square yellow and one-half of the square red if homework was late.

If students met the success criterion, they received a reward at the end of the week, such as 15 extra minutes of recess. The teacher found that more frequent rewards were needed for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Source: Five Homework Strategies for Teaching Students with Disabilities. ERIC Digest. by Warger, Cynthia




Homework Strategies - How Can I Help My Child with Homework?

By Stuart Ackerman MSc.Ed.,B.A.





After school, you, the parent, become the teacher. A successful homework implementation begins with you (no pressure!). The last thing you want is a battle on your hands. Here is a list of strategies you can use:

1. Stay organized! Purchase a wall mounted calendar and mark down all assignments and tests. This will help you and your child to develop a ‘plan of action’ regarding his or her study and homework schedule. This will teach your child how to manage his or her time with homework.
2. Provide a homework environment that is comfortable for your child. I refuse to buy in to the common advice that says your child’s room must be quiet and distraction free. I have seen over the years as a classroom teacher that many students actually prefer to have some sounds while they work (personally, I feel secluded in a quiet room…I prefer some soft background sound). You know your child best. Perhaps your child can only work in silence. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you find what’s best for your child.
3. Make sure that your child is also comfortable with the visual atmosphere of his or her room. Fish tanks, colorful markers, and a computer if it’s not in use, might distract your child.
4. Discuss the main ideas of your child’s homework assignment. Confirm that your child understands what the teacher’s expectations are.
5. If math is difficult for your child, make sure that your child brings home his textbook and workbook so that you can help him should he forget the lesson.
6. Try to work on some examples with your child in order to determine if he or she understands the homework. If you assume that your child understands the homework, and he or she doesn’t, frustration will set in and you will have that battle that you were trying to avoid.
7. Be sure to communicate with your child’s teacher with regards to larger assignments. You will want to break down larger assignments into smaller ones so that they are manageable for your child.
8. Be prepared! Make sure you have resources at your disposal before you help your child with his homework. For example, if your child usually has difficulty writing, try to have some writing resources readily available so that you can help your child at that instant.
9. Help your child stay organized by helping him or her place finished homework in his or her knapsack and then put the knapsack near the door.

These suggestions will help you be better prepared and prevent your child from becoming frustrated during homework time.

©Tutorgiant.com




Organization - How Can I Organize My Child's Schoolwork?

By Stuart Ackerman MSc.Ed.,B.A.
What an underrated skill! Time management is extremely important for any student, employee, or business owner. We all need these skills in school, at work, and in the home.

It is important for students to learn this skill at an early age.

You can help your child manage his or her time.

· Use the School Agenda - I've always said that a student's agenda is one of his best study buddies. The agenda keeps a student organized throughout the school year. Students should keep all assignments in their agenda because this will enable them to decide which subjects to study for at different times. For example, let's assume that a report is due in 3 days from now and there is a math test in 7 days. Your child can make a plan as to which subject he/she should study for each night. Your child can also determine how long studying should be for each subject. That is, if the report is due in 3 days and the test is in 7, it would make more sense to study for math for a very short time for the next three days and spend more time working on the report. Then, after the report is handed in, your child can go back to spending time on math.

· Keep a Visual Planner - It is a great idea for students to keep a weekly and /or monthly planner in their bedrooms. The laminated planners where your child can use a marker and erase it are best. This will help your child plan his or her study time and leisure time. Your child should figure out what time of the day he/she works best and plan his/her studying according to his/her peak times.

· Break it Down - When your child has a big assignment to complete, he/she should turn the big assignment into little ones. Your child should calculate how many days he or she has to complete the assignment and what is needed each day. Assume your child has to complete a report. Your child can work on the rough copy for 2 days, edit it on the 3rd day, and type the good copy on the 4th day. By breaking the assignment down into smaller assignments and designating specific times for each 'smaller' project, your child will learn how to manage his or her time.

Try to have your child incorporate these strategies and you will find that he/she will have better homework organization skills.


©Tutorgiant.com



Study Skills – Help with Time Management Skills

By Stuart Harris Ackerman
What an underrated skill! Time management is extremely important for any student, employee, or business owner. We all need these skills in school, at work, and in the home.

It is important for students to learn this skill at an early age.

You can help your child manage his or her time.

· Use the School Agenda - I've always said that a student's agenda is one of his best study buddies. The agenda keeps a student organized throughout the school year. Students should keep all assignments in their agenda because this will enable them to decide which subjects to study for at different times. For example, let's assume that a report is due in 3 days from now and there is a math test in 7 days. Your child can make a plan as to which subject he/she should study for each night. Your child can also determine how long studying should be for each subject. That is, if the report is due in 3 days and the test is in 7, it would make more sense to study for math for a very short time for the next three days and spend more time working on the report. Then, after the report is handed in, your child can go back to spending time on math.

· Keep a Visual Planner - It is a great idea for students to keep a weekly and /or monthly planner in their bedrooms. The laminated planners where your child can use a marker and erase it is best. This will help your child plan his or her study time and leisure time. Your child should figure out what time of the day he/she works best and plan his/her studying according to his/her peak times.

· Break it Down - When your child has a big assignment to complete, he/she should turn the big assignment into little ones. Your child should calculate how many days he or she has to complete the assignment and what is needed each day. Assume your child has to complete a report. Your child can work on the rough copy for 2 days, edit it on the 3rd day, and type the good copy on the 4th day. By breaking the assignment down into smaller ones and designating specific times for each 'smaller' project, your child will learn how to manage his or her time.


Try to have your child incorporate these strategies and you will find that he/she procrastinates less and is better prepared in school.

©Tutorgiant.com


These have been invaluable tools for me. The Tutorgiant idea of a stoplight calendar is a great idea for every area of our lives and the way he showed it on Canada AM was SO EASY!!! I'm excited to set up my own Priority space and use the large calendars such as he suggested for on desks...only I'll hang mine up. Color is a good incentive for me. Best wishes and God bless as you continue to strive for your goals using the Best Tool their is in life - GOD.

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Sheri, Most of July was turbulent, to say the least, and a continuation of the past eight months. At the end of July I decided I had had enough and was going to 'attack' all the difficulties head on instead of allowing the worry and anxiety to continue to rule. I'm a Christian and had not been relying on my faith or God to help. For me (I know many folks use different sources of spiritual help) it was enough. I am regaining control. Of course, there are still moments of weakness and doubt, but they are fewer and do not hold me. I cannot control others. I will not allow them to belittle me or destroy me. If I choose to eat poorly, it is my choice, not the consequences of what others have done to me. This isn't a real ephiphany - shoot, I've gone through this before - but it is a small enlightenment for me. So. I'm back. emoticon

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My July was a mix of things too!! The one very good thing is that my long delayed payment for sick days arrived and I was able to actually pay bills early. Amazing how that helps....

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Well it sounds like you have things at the start of being under control with the clouds lifting. I think many people had that kind of a summer. Mixed, not so good weather to enjoy, stresses etc. I'm glad to see things clearing up.

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The month of the July was a series of highs and lows, my focus was to hold on through the storm. The clouds are lifting but the path is still rocky. That said I feel centered and working to continue to make progress. I have joined a yoga class. Establishing boundaries with a few people and have started making inroads for some of the problems annoying me

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Well, what are you up to? How are things going? Let us know if you need encouragement or share with us a success. We are a team and in order for a team to work, we must communicate. So, let's hear from you. emoticon

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