3 Organizational Tips for Busy Moms
Moms, you do it all. From getting the kids up and ready for school to preparing three meals a day, you guys are indeed superheroes.
For this week's blog post, we thought we would give all the busy moms out there a few tips on staying organized while managing the craziness throughout the week. Read on below for a few tips and tricks to make the week just a little bit easier!
Drop the Mom Guilt! You Are Doing Amazing
Every day is a new day and with each new day comes a load of tasks on your to-do list. The first step to getting your list done is to realize that it’s okay to NOT get it all done!
That simple self-appointed pressure you place on your shoulders could be the only thing standing between you and the peace you deserve as a hard-working mother. Weigh out the tasks at hand and choose the ones that most need your attention and start there.
No need for mom guilt, you are still a superhero in your child's eyes even if the entire list isn’t complete.
Maybe you planned to grocery shop today, but it was a rough morning getting the kids out the door and your youngest won’t stop crying. Cut yourself some slack by planning ahead for days like these.
On your next grocery trip maybe buy two of the most essential items around your household like trash bags, tissues, or even toilet paper. By doing so you won’t feel rushed into going to the grocery store and you can allow yourself some time to breathe after a rough start to the day.
Schedule A Meeting With Yourself
Lastly, we recommend you carve out time for yourself to plan the week ahead of you, at least to the best of your ability. Make a list, but don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to get it all done in the week ahead.
Even completing half of the weekly list is a score, and we promise your family won’t love you any less.
As moms, you take on a lot while asking for so little. We hope the above list will give you a little encouragement while also giving you the tools to put a little less pressure on yourself.
Set aside time for yourself as needed and remember every little thing you do is an accomplishment.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your kids contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
As parents, we all want to see our students succeed to the best of their ability while in school. Not only is it a good feeling for the parents, but it’s an even better feeling for the students to succeed at something.
There’s a method out there known as SMART which is an acronym. The letter's meanings are as follows:
Below we will go into depth about the meaning of each letter and how implementing this method into your child's goal-setting can be very beneficial.
S - Specific
In order to make effective goals, it is important to define exactly what they are. Encourage your student to be as specific as possible while coming up with goals. The more specific, the better.
Maybe they have a test coming up, encourage them to study hard enough that they ace it! In order to help them specify their goals clearly, ask them these questions:
M - Measurable
Setting goals that are measurable is crucial for your child's goal setting. By doing this they will be able to track their progress while also seeing what else they may need to do in order to reach their targeted goal.
If your goal has data that you can measure while working to complete it, that makes it measurable. You need to help your student establish solid criteria for them to meet and track their progress.
Here are a few questions to have them ask themselves to make their goals more measurable:
A - Attainable
Talk with your student, are the goals they are setting truly attainable in the time frame they are allowing themselves to complete them?
For example, if they want to raise their grades from a C to an A, but the semester is almost over, they may have to settle for a B+ instead. That doesn’t mean the C to A goal has to be completely forgotten, however.
R - Relevant
Are your student's goals going to help them in the long run? No need to have them pour out tons of energy on a goal that won’t improve their academic success.
You want their goals to be productive while also benefiting them in some way. A results-focused approach will help your students achieve their goals while also helping them stay productive.
T - Time-bound
When do your students plan on having their goals accomplished? Their goals should always have a defined deadline with clear steps in order to reach the deadline chosen.
Without a clear time frame, there will be no sense of urgency which will give them very little motivation to complete their goals.
Encouraging your students to set clear goals for themselves at home is a great way to encourage academic success. The SMART method is an even better way for them to take goal-setting step by step.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out the enrollment application on our website.
We’ve all heard the phrase “the most important meal of the day is breakfast.” But have you ever considered how true that statement is? Instilling healthy eating habits into your child's daily routine is important, not just for breakfast but all three essential meals.
Does Food Really Impact Learning?
Whether you are young or old, you know how hard it may be to focus when you are hungry. You have probably experienced from a loved one or maybe even yourself the feeling of being “hangry.”
To put it simply, hungry children cannot learn properly. Often, the feeling of hunger will lead to irritability, poor attention span, and restlessness. None of these traits are ideal for the classroom.
Therefore, it is important for you to make sure your child is eating a hearty meal before they leave. Also, be sure their lunch - whether it’s packed or provided by their school - will be enough to sustain them throughout the rest of the day.
What Foods Encourage Learning?
The best food options for growing children are those with large amounts of dietary fiber and low-fat content. Fruits and veggies, lots of whole grains, and protein-packed meats will ensure your students feel satisfied throughout their day.
Eating these foods will also improve their ability to focus and think more clearly while in the classroom. There are also several other benefits that come with eating healthy.
They are as follows:
Whether it’s in the classroom, or at home you should always encourage your students to participate in healthy eating habits. It will improve both their learning abilities and their physical health.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested in enrolling your student, you may contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-1116 or fill out our enrollment form on our website!
As parents, you want to ensure your children get everything they can out of school. Learning may come easier for some kids and may be harder for others. Have you ever asked yourself why?
Every child learns differently. By identifying their primary learning style, you’ll be able to help your child learn subjects they may otherwise find difficult to understand or grasp. Read on below to learn how to pinpoint your child’s learning style.
There are four learning styles: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. You may remember these styles by using the acronym “VARK.”
Visual Learning Style
Visual learners are often times very observant of themselves and the world around them. They are drawn to art and have a very strong sense of creativity.
If your child is a visual learner, they may also have a very strong memory. Often times visual learners can go into great detail about certain memories recalling details such as names, places, and people.
Signs you have a visual learner:
Auditory Learning Style
These learners are drawn to sounds. They may show special interest in music and learning how to play an instrument. If given the chance, they could become quite successful in these activities.
When your child was younger, did he or she perk up when conversations were buzzing around them? Or did they notice the sound of rain or maybe a neighbor mowing their lawn outside when others were oblivious?
If so, you may have an auditory learner on your hands. Here are some signs to look out for:
Reading/Writing Learning Style
This learning style may seem a bit self-explanatory, but it often goes unnoticed in children because reading and writing are a part of learning anyway. Are they especially good at remembering things they’ve just written or read? If so, they may be a reading/writing learner.
If your child is better at remembering things by writing them down, that could be another sign of their learning style. So, pay attention if they take more notes than usual or tell detailed stories about the books they’ve read.
Signs you have a reading/writing learner:
Kinesthetic Learning Style
Kinesthetic learners prefer to learn things with a more hands-on approach. They learn best by touching or doing tasks themselves.
Are they especially good at sports? Or maybe they really love dance classes or other various activities. If so, you may have a kinesthetic learner. These learners have amazing balance and may rely heavily on hand gestures while talking.
Signs you have a kinesthetic learner:
Every child is different. They will display the type of learning they prefer if you just watch them closely. You guarantee a successful school year by identifying your child's preferred learning style.
Foundations Christian School is still accepting new students for the 2022-2023 school year. If you would like to enroll, contact Carrie Alo at 607-271-6111 or fill out the enrollment form on our website.
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