Students are heading back to school, so many families are getting back into more structured schedules and searching for ways they can set their children up for success. Here are a few homework routine suggestions to help start the fall semester.
- Set up a dedicated space for your student to work free from distractions. Give them opportunities to be a part of the setup, then encourage them to use the space consistently.
- Make sure your student has all of the supplies they will need before beginning their work. This way, they won’t need to break their concentration or momentum when retrieving materials they forgot.
- Work with your student to develop a routine after homework is finished to ensure it gets turned in. Identify a place they will always put their completed work, like a designated folder. Provide visual reminders in their workspace for submitting electronic assignments and make sure folders get put in the backpack for the following day.
- Set a timer and allow breaks for movement. Using the Pomodoro technique is one great option!
- Remove items that may be distracting, such as a cell phone. Talk to your student about how removing distractions during work time is important for doing our best work and that this is not a punishment! Allow the student to use items during break times, then remove them when it’s time to get back to work.
- Help your student break assignments down into smaller tasks. One way to do this is by backward planning. Help them create a picture in their mind (or on paper!) of what the finished product should look like. Once they have a clear picture, help them identify the steps needed to achieve their picture.
- Model the behavior you expect from your student! When you are working, model for your student how you remove distractions and plan your work. One of the best ways we can support our students’ executive functioning development is to provide examples throughout our day-to-day routines.
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Contact us to speak to a Groves Family Navigator who is well-versed in the curriculum, instruction, and extracurricular activities offered at Groves Academy and services at Groves Learning Center. They’re knowledgeable about learning disabilities and attention and executive function disorders. They can provide guidance regarding our school, diagnostic evaluations, tutoring, speech-language services, and other resources.
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