Time and time again, research has proven how detrimental a purely academic-based approach to a classroom can be. Such a narrow focus on the many aspects of a child’s life can result in not properly addressing or recognizing issues that can appear in the other aspects of his or her life. In order to have well-rounded students a classroom, students should be given well-rounded curriculum, not only through teachers, but through their communities and families.
How many times have you bugged your teen to do homework with little or no avail? Getting homework finished AND handed in with a timely manner seems to be the biggest challenge for parents.
The suggestion from Academic Success? Put a timer on your student! Give your student 30 to 45 minutes when they get home from school to run, play, read a book or take a hike or walk the dog. activities can include any kinesthetic activity. the activity cannot include watching TV, playing video games or using the computer. They should also eat a good, high protein snack such as yogurt, cheese, lunchmeat or eggs. Avoid sugary snacks such as sugary cereals, candy and soda. Also avoid pre-packaged foods that can contain high amounts of salt and fat with little nutrition.
Can't find the right snack? Have your kiddo come with you once a week to shop for their own snacks. You set the parameters and they can pick out foods that lie within the limits you've set. Now they have a good snack which will fuel them through the rest of the afternoon and you have peace of mind that what they are eating isn't going to cause the next teen meltdown!
Lynn is a full time teacher, founder and chief academic officer at academic success. Learn more about Lynn here in her Linked In Profile