Teaching Kids about Time Management

One of the things that we ask of our students is that they practice what they are taught at home between 15 - 30 minutes a day so that when they come to class the next time we can review what they learned and then go on to learning something new as well as finding opportunities for fun activities. However, most of the kids don't practice what they learned and so instead we have to spend more time re-teaching the techniques or movements of the form and so they get bored and lose focus which makes teaching the group that much harder. Trust me it's no fun for them and it's no fun for us instructors either because we sure as heck don't want to have to teach the same thing over and over again. 

So we ask the kids why don't you practice at home, and the most common response is that I don't have time to practice because I have too much homework and studying to do. Now if this was the 70's or 80's we might be able to relate and understand their point but as a parent myself, we know that today most teachers don't give students a lot of homework and that in many cases most teachers give students time in class to complete their homework before they even leave school. The bottom line is that they can't complete their homework with tie allowed for anything else is because kids are not focused on their work, they don't have a sense of urgency and ultimately have no idea on how to budget their time. 

How do we correct this, well our suggestion is simple parent's create a schedule for their kids to follow. For example your child gets out of school by 3:00 PM, by they time they arrive home let's say it's 3:30. So give them a 1/2 hour to use the bathroom and get something to eat. Then give them 1 and 1/2 hours to go any remaining school / homework they need to complete. Done or not with the homework, give them another 1/2 hour to practice their martial arts or any other activities that they may be involved with. Then 1/2 hour for dinner, after dinner give them another 1/2 hour to complete any left over homework. Then if they completed all tasks in the time previously allotted give them a 1/2 hour of Free Time for them to do whatever they want to do, watch TV, play Videos , Practice their martial arts. After the free time is over, it should be time to get ready for bed, so have that included in your schedule. 

The key is that you have to keep to the schedule and make sure your child is too. Set up rewards and consequences for not keeping up with the schedule and most of all remain consistent if you want this process to work for you and your child. 

Now again not knowing your schedules as parents and your lives, we offer this suggestion as a guide and you can adjust it as you need to help your child find that sense of urgency and teach them how to properly manage their time. 

Here's an example of the scheduled we outlined above with times and activities.

3:30 - 4:00 - Snack and Bathroom Time

4:00 - 5:30 - Homework

5:30 - 6:00 - Practice Time

6:00 - 6:30 - Dinner Time

6:30 - 7:00 - Finish up any Homework

7:00 - 7:30 - Free Time

7:30 - 8:00 - Ready for Bed.

 

Wish you luck and if you do try this let us know how it worked out for you by emailing us at kenpo5.0redlands@gmail.com

 

 



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