Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Resource: A Time for Everything
I ran into an inexpensive app that is a great idea for children and parents. The Kid-do app lets you set up routines and set up timers that allow children to see how much time is left.

For instance, you can set up a bedtime routine that walks your child through putting away toys, setting out clothes for tomorrow, teeth brushing and flossing, etc. Each step has a timer so your child is less likely to be distracted and is more likely to spend adequate amounts of time with a toothbrush in the mouth.

You can also set up a quick timer for time-outs, music practice, or an emergency what-toys-can-we put-away-in-five-minutes-game.

There are several bonuses to this tool:

Children learn to self-regulate when the app routine becomes a part of their routine.

Children learn to tell time and develop a sense for the passing of time. (Just how long is ten minutes, anyway?) 

Children can work away at routines without having a parent standing over them. 

Children learn to get things done instead of wasting time complaining.

Children learn to set goals.

Parents learn to let their children develop these skills :-)  

I am going to use it, for me, when I speak to groups of teachers and parents. I apparently have issues with self-regulation in such circumstances.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV

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