Students who struggle with executive functioning can have a difficult time starting and completing tasks. A child might have a goal in mind but not understand what steps are needed to accomplish it.
I recently discovered these printable 2019 calendar sheets from the website Understood. Goals calendars can help kids stay on track with common goals like getting ready for school in the morning and completing homework assignments. There is a calendar sheet for each month, and in the back are a number of common goals such as completing homework assignments, remembering to take your lunch to school, etc.. The idea is to focus on one goal per month. Print and cut out the goal, including the steps needed to complete that goal, and attach it to the month you choose. Additionally, it’s a valuable exercise to create your own goal for a month, and together with your child, outline the steps necessary to attain that goal.
Hang the calendar wherever it will be most helpful. For some, the bedroom is an ideal space. For others, the kitchen might be best. Have your child check off each day, step, and goal as you move through the month, thereby tracking progress and celebrating small accomplishments along the way.
-Information taken from Understood.
In our private tutoring practice, we see many students asking for help with “executive functioning.” This buzz phrase refers to, in short, one’s ability to stay organized and successfully orchestrate the many facets of life.
Some people describe executive function as “the CEO of the brain.” That’s because executive functioning skills allow us to set goals, plan and get things done. When kids struggle with executive skills, it impacts them in school and in everyday life.
Executive functioning weaknesses show up for many students, particularly those who struggle with attention. For the purposes of our work, we are less interested in a student’s diagnosis, and more focused on harnessing the strategies that can help students with their executive skills.
There are three main areas of executive functioning. They are: