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08/14/2015

Part 3 of 5: Building the Schedule



The process of getting your child (and yourself!) ready to go back to school and begin a new year can feel like an overwhelming and stressful time of the year. In this Back to School blog series, we’ve discussed Collecting Information, and Setting Goals, and over the coming weeks, we’ll cover Gathering Materials, and finally, Cleaning and Re-Organizing. Implementing these five tips, can help you plan your back-to-school-a-thon, and get your new school year off to a great start!   
  
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Building the Schedule    

Now that we have the thought-work laid out, we can begin the task of putting it all together! Begin by laying out a Monday through Sunday weekly calendar, from the time you get up, to the time you go to bed, at 30-minute increments.   

This should be a family calendar with everyone’s schedules in different colors, so that it’s clear who is where, and whether they may be available to help with transportation, dinner prep, homework, or babysitting. 

TIP: Feel free to make this fun and get crafty! Some schedules use dry erase or chalk boards, magnets, clipart, etc. to make the schedule a celebration of the family’s events. Pinterest has some really cute ideas for making yours unique! And if you’re more the “techie” sort, this site describes some nifty digital apps that can help keep your schedule organized and easy to work with!   

Start with the big chunks of time that are consistent, like school hours, work, etc. Then draw in all before school and after school activities, like clubs, tutoring, etc. Finally, fill in your family’s sports activities, including games, practices, etc. Once you’ve got all the regular, repeating activities accounted for, now consider when are your family’s homework times, dinner times, and bedtimes.   

HINT: Be sure not to forget to block off time for transportation-- this time adds up, and can affect your schedules, especially with the recent construction traffic.   

Use the information you learned about your child’s schedule and the goals you’ve set, to plan an appropriate amount of homework time per night, and per week. If extracurricular activities book up some nights, it’s always an option to double-up the next day, or overflow onto the weekends when necessary. This of course may change slightly week-to-week, depending on the course requirements like major projects or tests coming up. Consult your course calendar weekly to plan ahead for extra study time in your week.  

Lastly, schedule in family time and play time. The school week can get busy as your child’s academic and extracurricular demands grow, so it’s important not to neglect time to de-stress. Use the goals you’ve set to guide when and how much time you can reserve for fun, and if possible, schedule a time that breaks up chunks of study or chores.   

Follow our “5-Part Back to School” series to get the most out of your back to school planning! Our next post will cover Part 4: “Gathering Materials.”   
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If you would like to learn more, please call The Tutoring Center, Flower Mound at (972) 874-1999 to schedule your FREE Diagnostic Assessment. Thank you for your time, and best wishes to you and your children in getting back into the groove this fall.            

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