Does your student struggle to stay focused when completing online homework assignments? Nowadays, most middle school and high school students use the internet to complete homework assignments, which can lead to a good deal of distraction and procrastination- especially with the proliferation of social networking sites.
Ergonomics is the science of designing work to prevent injury and promote worker health, safety, productivity, and comfort.
Using ergonomics, you can help your child establish healthy habits to reduce stress (more…)
“Getting organized” is more than eliminating clutter and creating neat storage systems. One of the most important areas of organizing is task management. It’s never too early (or too late) to teach kids how to get and stay organized with schoolwork. The skills they learn now will carry over into high school, college, and ultimately, their careers and home management as adults. (more…)
It is common for preschoolers and kindergartners to reverse letters, but by age seven, children should only be making occasional reversals. If letter reversals persist after handwriting remediation, they can be a sign of dyslexia or other learning disability, in which case further testing might be indicated.
Regardless of whether or not a child has a learning disability, he or she should be instructed in how to form letters & numbers correctly to prevent reversals. If your child is learning to write by simply copying letters, it is unlikely that he or she will learn proper letter formation. Since repeated errors only reinforce reversals, it’s important to work toward error-free learning. It’s much easier to develop good habits than to change bad ones; so early intervention is critical! Here are 9 tips to help correct letter reversals with your child: (more…)
Transitioning to middle school can be an exciting, yet stressful and scary time for both you and your child. I just had the pleasure of hearing Anna Stewart, BVSD Special Education Advisory Council Coordinator, speak on this topic. She presented a plethora of information. While it’s impossible for me to summarize everything she shared, here are 10 things to put on your To Do List: (more…)
Homework can provide a wonderful opportunity to teach students organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills. It can also teach them how to be responsible and to work autonomously. These are all excellent “skills 4 life.”
Even exceptional students who are well organized may have trouble juggling the demands of multiple classes, long-term projects, and extracurricular activities.
Tips to Help Your Child Get Their Homework Done:
I’ve had some students come to my office with backpacks that weigh as much as they do! Well, perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit, but in all seriousness, backpacks should not weigh more than 10 to 15% of a child’s body weight.
So, how can you help your children keep ‘em light and pack ‘em right this school year? (more…)
Now that school has just ended, are you wondering what to do with all of the masterpieces your children brought home during the school year? If you don’t have a system for organizing them, they can quickly take over both horizontal and vertical spaces. You may be relieved to know that you don’t have to save every single project your child makes!
Here are a few tips to help you hold on to memories while saving space: (more…)