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How to make study time pleasant for kids, by O.T.

How to make study time at home easier and more fun? Set up a daily study plan with your child that follows these guidelines:

-Find out with your child what are the most productive hours for him and set those hours as study time.

-It is helpful for the study time to be delimited and agreed before starting.

-Encourage child’s effort during the day.

-Do not overload him with more homework beyond what the teacher has asked.

-Make the study interesting. Find ways to connect the things he is learning with his interests.

-Use simple and clear instructions. Giving only one instruction at a time. Many things at the same time may confuse the child!

-Go to the next activity only when the child has completed the previous one.

THE ACTIVITIES THAT WILL HELP THE ORGANIZATION AND WILL STRENGTHEN THE CHILD’S SKILLS DURING THE WEEKEND:

  1. Something that children find interesting is to write on a board. You can organize a board game. It is more functional for the board to be on a vertical axis, in order to strengthen both the large muscle groups of the body (rough coordination) and the small ones (fine coordination). You can set it that way, so he copies a sentence at a specific period of time that you will assign him, from the beginning of the game.
  2. Another idea, is to mix the letters of the words in the books and ask the child to put them in the correct order, in order to form the words that you will assign to him. It is an activity that helps him to improve the visual distinction of letters and to get acquainted with the correct spelling of words. Beyond that, it is an activity that if the child is on a vertical axis on the board (standing), at the same time, it improves the gross mobility that is directly related to the concentration of attention that we seek, through the program.
  3. Organize all the family members and get together for a board game. Or else, the mother with the child only. The games I suggest are kinetic in nature, such as Twister or Snakes and Ladders. Board games will help family members to connect happily, but also, they will help the child to develop organizational skills, essential for his age.

Specifically, they will help the child in the following:

-Attention concentration
-Observance of rules
-Extending the waiting time (my turn-your turn, without rushing or breaking rules)
-Visual perception (I see pictures and recognize what I have to do)
-Counting. Especially, in the “Snakes and Ladders”, I need to know, which square I will move the pawn to
-Match the dice with the numbers (in order to count correctly)
-Keeping consecutive rows
-Visual distinction of image/background
-Reward enactment (when he plays well and follows the rules)
-Tolerance to frustration (teaches the child, how not to get angry, in case he loses and have patience)

ANOTHER ACTIVITY THAT WILL HELP THE CHILD IS:

A craft with a theme that the child will choose. Let’s make a boat on a cardboard.

Step by step, I list all the different materials that you have at home and how to make a boat.

-Draw a large boat on a piece of cardboard. Then, you can stick pieces from rough art paper, on top of the boat.

-At the bottom, you can stick chickpeas, lentils (or whatever you have available). Otherwise, you can make balls out of either paper or paper towel or foil and stick them to the surface of the boat.

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

-Glue, scissors, various papers, cardboards, papers from magazines, twine to make the outline of the boat and to stick the twine.

Goals that we achieve with a craft:

-Improvement of the fine motor skills, we need during writing.
-We use the scissors, which is a tool that enhances the visual-motor coordination of the child that is extremely necessary, during writing-motor activities.
-Understanding spatial relations (that is, the meaning of space and how I have to move properly).
-It enhances creativity and imagination and gives the child the feeling of being capable.
-Improves concentration

FINALLY, I PROPOSE A KINETIC ACTIVITY FOR THE OUTLET OF THE HYPERACTIVITY AND INCREASE OF CONCENTRATION:

A game, without necessarily parental supervision that helps to enhance the child’s motor skills. It’s a bike or bowling pins.

These activities can be implemented on weekend, within the framework of the study!

Good luck!

 

Katerina Dounavi

Occupational therapist

-Children with special learning difficulties

-Developmental disorders

-ADHD

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