Routines and habits are vitally important life skills for any child to learn.
Using the tools that Fundanoodle provides, let’s discuss how to implement some structure and routine!
Within the handwriting module, you’ll find a variety of “tools” for a child to use to practice and master handwriting. A simple routine would look like this:
- Containment: All materials for the handwriting module stay together in a small bin, tote, or box labeled “Handwriting.”
- Structure: You and your child can designate a time to work on handwriting together. Make it a mutual decision so your child feels included. When the time comes, announce, “It’s handwriting time!” Go get the container with your materials together with your child
- Time Management: If the Fundanoodle program has a suggested amount of time to work on handwriting, set a timer. Pick a FUN timer – one that’s an animal or is really colorful. Knowing there’s a beginning and ending time will give your child the freedom to settle in, concentrate, and hopefully get into a “flow” of learning and practice.
- Routine: When the time is up, you and your child can pack up all the materials and place them back in the container together. Don’t just throw the materials in the container willy-nilly. A habit of tidiness is important – both for the visual aspect and for care of the materials. Repeating the habit of cleaning up and doing it thoughtfully will enhance memory skills, dexterity, and attention to detail as well. The lesson here is “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Clutter is very distracting – it’s a form of noise that doesn’t allow us to concentrate on our task at hand. In cleaning up at the end of your handwriting session, you don’t allow clutter to accumulate.
Structure and routines help children to know what to expect, give them a beginning and ending time, and open up space and time for creativity, imagination, and practice. These actions will serve your child well into adolescence, through college, and into adulthood.
No matter what their age, you are working as a team, making agreements about time, and creating routines with your child bring you closer together. Many adults struggle with issues of organization and time and attention management – you are being of great service to your child teaching and reinforcing these important life skills!
About our Guest Blogger
Angie Mattson is Chief Efficiency Officer of Your Organized Guide. She works with business professionals and their teams to get them out of overwhelm by rethinking workflow. She teaches time management, productivity, physical organization, and business processes. You can learn more at: http://YourOrganizedGuide.com