The importance of a balanced routine for a student
How many of us don’t get slightly anxious, stressed or even at least annoyed by uncertain and unpredicted situations? How many of us as adults try our best to keep our schedule patterns, in order to stay balanced and decrease our stress levels? If routines are so important to us, what is their importance for children and teenagers?
A normal routine brings comfort,
consistency and security to children. Things that are important for a routine
include waking up time in the morning, or what time you leave your place to go
to school, what time you have certain meals during the day, or what time
someone goes to sleep. Apart from the daily routines, we have weekly routines
which can include activities with friends/family, household work, outdoor time
etc. Establishing and maintaining routines can help children with their
behaviour as it relieves them from stress and makes them feel more secure. In
addition to this, establishing routines can help to promote independence and
confidence in the long term as the children will not need for example someone
to tell them to prepare breakfast at 9 o clock on Saturday morning; they will
go ahead and do it at some point on their own (or with a little prompt).
Routines can also be used in order to establish healthy and constructive habits
e.g. eating fruit at 17.00 every day or completing homework by 18.00. All of the above help
students to find calmness and stability through routines.
How to prepare a homework routine?
Many students struggle with
homework. The biggest difficulty for them is that they struggle to find a
certain time to do it and also they find it very challenging to concentrate.
Routine can be very helpful with homework. Regardless of the age of the
student, it is very important to have a time slot in which the homework is
going to be completed. Obviously, the duration of this slot is different for
every age group. It is important to understand that if the homework is
challenging but the student has worked hard on it, during the homework time
slot, the student should have the option to stop studying even if the homework
is not completed. We need to remember that every child is different and
works/learns at a different pace and there is nothing wrong with that. We need
to be consistent there with the time that they work, and they need to be
consistent with the effort; this is the only thing that we can ask from them.
In addition to this, a good homework routine relies heavily on a quiet
environment with minimum distractions so we can also have a rule that no TV should
be switched on in the house during that time. If there is no homework
scheduled, the student can choose something to revise during this time. With
this strategy, the student takes more ownership of his/her learning and we are
maintaining the routine. Of course, it is good from time to time to be a bit
flexible e.g. when we have a guest. Finally, patience is very important when
practising and establishing a routine.
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