Oct 3 / Montessori From Home

Montessori ways to teach your kids time management- guide for all ages

Everyday we hear a lot of people complaining that they don't have enough time to do their daily chores. It's the gift given to everyone of us, where some of us use it wisely while others fail to do so. Let's discuss some of the effective ways to learn the art of mastering time management. We might have heard long boring definitions for time management but it simply means completing your work in the given time by planning.

Why to learn the art of managing time?

Managing time helps us to divide the activities and complete them on time. It simply helps us reduce the stress due to incomplete or pending tasks. It makes us more accountable and disciplined as here we take up the responsibility all by ourselves.

Right age to learn

Time management As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined so it is essential to make the children practice all good habits at the early age. Good behaviour starts from home, children visually see what parents follow and they blindly imitate their behaviour. Sometimes we don't like the way our children behave, before we react it is evident that we realise that they are reminding us how we have done things in the past.

Parental Guidance

As parents you become the pilot of your children’s time. It is the responsibility of the parent to set children in the right path and enlighten them about the time management. Now the question is how? Montessori parenting can be implemented, it mainly focuses on the child’s need for learning through play and their desire to take responsibility.

Montessori Education

Montessori programs begin at the early childhood level for children ages 2.5 to 6 years. The Montessori approach is based on self-directed activity and collaborative play. Children either work in groups and individually to discover and explore the knowledge which are guided by trained teachers.

Introducing the concept of time to toddlers
Kids of ages between 1 to 3 are more likely to learn by looking at images and making them watch the live examples around will help them remember it for longer time. For example,We can let them see the changes the green leaves of summer turn red, then brown, and eventually fall off the tree before coming back to life again in the spring. This is a representation of the passage of time that little ones can understand.

How does these help with time management?

By observing the patterns in nature and in their daily lives, little kids grasp the concept of time — and how to create order. You can also show the photographs of the evolution of your child, by looking at the pictures the children will understand the progress of their lives evolving from a baby to a little human over a particular span of time.

Time management for kids of grades 1 to 3

Help your child to organise a calendar to record all the homework, assignments and after school activities. Make them to create charts, and their own calendars to write down all the plans of the week. To make it more interesting you can let them draw the plans and colour them.

Create a schedule

As adults we have apps and calendars to remind us what should we be doing and when. You should also make your kids to manage their own schedule so that they don’t miss their work.

Practice patience

“Time management, at its most basic level, is the ability to delay gratification". Next time when your kid asks for meal or snack tell him to wait for some time and make him see that you are preparing the food and finally when you give the food appreciate him for his patience.

Start organising

A kid can’t finish his homework if he can’t find his pencil. So organisation has to come before time management, so start appreciating children whenever you see a clean and orderly desk and leave a prize, or a piece of candy. This would also motivate other kids to follow organisation.

Make them understand the effects of postponing work

Teach them that good things happen when they work hard and manage time, and missing them is what happens when they don’t. You can give them a compliment or a casual gift for completing their works on time. This is to help them inculcate the habit of doing things on time.

Set priorities

It’s essential that kids learn to differentiate between need and want and learn to prioritise their daily work according to their importance. Give them a ticket to the nearby play park and remind them to complete their Homework. Ask them which one they would do first, Play or do their homework. If they choose to play, remind them the importance of completing the works on time. Gradually tell them that they can go to the park after completing the homework.
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