My kiddo's need to know exactly how many subjects they have to do, how much they have to recite, when lunch will be, how many pages they have to read, ask for snacks throughout the day, want to know when they can see a friend, talk more than they write and can't sit still for very long periods of time! Does anyone else out there have one of these kiddos???? As a result, I have to make my classical homeschool a little bit interactive, hands on, creative, include movement, involve lots of outdoor time, imaginative play and I work hard at increasing their ability to sit longer, read longer, listen longer and write longer.
I've found that a schedule helps with staying on task and focus. If you have children with or without a diagnosis, a schedule can be a useful tool! Once they know what they have to do it decreases that unknown and the anxiety they feel in not being able to estimate when they will be done (for those fidgety learners). It makes the day seem like it will never end, when they don't have a checklist. Once they do... now their day has a definitive end point and they can see how they're working towards that as they check off their list. Here is a document that you can download and modify for your own child....
I would laminate this and use a dry erase marker to check it off each day!
Another thing that I do each year is a School Pledge. It's just a way to start off the year with setting the expectations for our school year to encourage good school habits and behaviors. Here is the link to that document if you would like to download it and then you can add your own school name and child's name in the headers/footers and modify the body of the document to reflect your own homeschool's expectations and consequences.
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I hope these documents will be helpful to you as you continue to plan this summer for the 2013-2014 school year.