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By Lisa Podell | August 2, 2020 | Categories: Press
Strategies for a strong start to the school year.
By Lisa Podell | July 17, 2020 | Categories: Resources
By Jessica Swiger | June 20, 2020 | Categories: Resources
By Jessica Swiger | April 22, 2020 | Categories: Resources
With countless homeschooling resources and articles circulating online, you may be feeling overwhelmed and pressured to cultivate the “perfect” learning environment for your child.
Before we get into strategies, let’s take a moment to acknowledge how wonderful of a job you are doing. You did not sign up for this scenario, but here you are not only getting it done but also doing research and seeking techniques to improve, and that is something to admire.
Here are three common roadblocks as well as three simple and essential tools to help you manage this temporary journey through homeschooling.
Road Block #1: My child is disorganized and procrastinating on assignments.
Tool Needed: A Planning System
Whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly having a consistent system will allow your child to mentally and physically organize their obligations and manage their time.
Bullet Journal: a method for an all-in-one planner, with freedom for personalization.
Weekly Planner: to be filled out in the beginning of the week and adjusted as tasks and events come up.
Tip: Have your child pick one consistent location for the planner (Google calendars, notepad in phone, physical journal).
Road Block #2: My child is struggling with downtime and is complaining of boredom.
Tool Needed: A Flexible Routine
If we know what to expect, we feel safe and able to adapt to chaotic situations. Routines can be loose or strict depending on your family dynamics during this unique time.
Loop Scheduling: geared towards homeschool setting, allows for flexibility among tasks and freedom of choice in activity or subject.
Task Cards: used to create a visual schedule; boosts a child’s independence and allows them to plan and prioritize.
Tip: If something about your current routine is not working then try a different resource, flexibility is key.
Road Block #3: My child lacks the motivation to sit down and do school work.
Tool Needed: Positive Reinforcement
Children who are struggling to stay motivated may respond well to incentives.
Incentive Tracker: motivates children by rewarding them for completing actions that align with their goals.
Ways to Encourage: give specific praise for your child’s actions and efforts rather than their grades or ability.
Tip: If your child is feeling stuck, encourage them to take a short, 10-15 minute “brain break” to stretch, eat a snack, or call a friend to reset.
These three quintessential tools will set a foundation of skills that will carry over into the rest of your child’s life and will prepare them for any roadblock that comes their way because this too shall pass!
By Lisa Podell | January 23, 2020 | Categories: Workshops
Lisa Podell, owner of Better Sessions spoke to 60+ parents and educators on the topic of How to Model Executive Functioning Skills for your Child. Over the course of the evening, parents learned how to expand their toolkit with new ways to successfully communicate with their child, integrate executive functioning skills into their daily tasks and create customized goals to experience immediate, positive changes.
By Lisa Podell | January 10, 2020 | Categories: Interviews
January is the perfect time to start fresh and introduce goal setting to help set your child up for a successful winter season.
By Jessica Swiger | November 18, 2019 | Categories: Resources
Practice healthy thinking patterns when talking to your child.
By Lisa Podell | November 5, 2019 | Categories: Interviews
Including your child on a shopping trip for school supplies may take additional patience and time but practicing this independence now is worth the investment so that your child knows how to partake in these crucial skills in the future.
By Maryanne Hogan | October 21, 2019 | Categories: Resources
5 ways to encourage your child to read and enjoy it.