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Adapting Your Day to Your Child’s Needs
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Each child learns differently and we should adapt our daily structure to meet his needs. Although each of my children was different, I didn’t have to change my curriculum or teaching tools; I simply had to change my style—the way I taught or presented the materials. Scheduling the day on paper helped me spend time with each child to meet each one’s needs accordingly. Setting aside time with the Lord first thing in the morning gave me the focus I needed for my day to run smoothly. As you read further, I hope you will find helpful tidbits to help you better structure and schedule your day.

I have been creating a school day schedule for more than 15 years. If ever the start of school was almost upon us and I hadn’t created the schedule yet, my children would say “Mom, we can’t begin school without our schedules.” They knew the schedule worked and they relied on it.

I created my first schedule while on a trip with my husband. I brought all my supplies, which included a large poster board, ruler, and 6 different-colored small Post-It™ notepads. I created a grid with my ruler—one column for each member of the family, and rows for the time increments each day. I made 7 columns, the first one being the column listing the time increments, and the other 6 for each family member’s name, including Dad. Each family member had a different color of Post-It™ notes for his or her column. At first, I had a complete 24-hour schedule broken into 15-minute increments (except overnight). Eventually, I cut it off at about 3:00 pm. My husband wasn’t fond of being scheduled to sit in his easy chair, but hey, it was working for us and he saw that, so he encouraged me to continue.

I wrote each of the day’s activities on Post-It™ notes. Everyone had a breakfast, lunch, math, history, etc. Individual activities might be a doing load of laundry, sweeping the kitchen, feeding the dogs, practicing harp, and so on. After I had everyone’s activities written on their Post-It™ notes, I began putting my puzzle together on the poster grid. Everyone had breakfast at 8:30 (lasting 30 minutes) so that required 2 Post-It™ notes. Lunch was scheduled the same way. After putting the activities on the grid we did together, I began manipulating the other activities like a puzzle to see what fit best. If I needed to help or work with one child on a specific subject, I was sure to put my matching Post-It™ note at the same time.

Scheduling your day may sound cumbersome, but I challenge you to try it for two months and see how it works. Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Next time I will go into more detail about what my schedule looks like.

Eujeana Chism
Manager | Trainer, Customer and Consultant Development
http://www.reachingfamilies.com


 

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