My Mama always told me “You get more bees with honey than you do vinegar!” When you are parenting and teaching a “verb” or any child for that matter, this is always the case. Children who struggle with focus and organizational skills can be very frustrating to deal with, yet the more positive you can be with them, the better they will do in the classroom and if life.
When you are dealing with a “Verb,” it is the little things that can make a big difference! External organization becomes vital for success both in and out of the classroom. Here are a few tips:
1. Stay Positive.
2. Be Organized.
3. Start each day with a clean slate.
4. Set reasonable expectations. (It is VERY hard to be a VERB!)
5. Work with your “verb” as opposed to against him/her.
6. Do everything you can to see the world from your Verb's perspective (you should try learning how to speak Spanish while watching a Parade - :)
7. Make sure your Verb gets appropriate amounts of sleep.
8. Make sure your Verb eats nutritious foods (avoid foods containing high sugar content and preservatives.)
9. Allow your Verb to wiggle his wiggles prior to times when he needs to hold still.
10. Give your Verb a focus squishy (a soft little something that he can hold in his hand and fidget with so that he can focus when needed.)
11. Make your Verb a "Nag Board." (A dry erase marker board that lists all of the things he needs to get done.) Then all you will need to say is "check your list."
This list was especially fun for me to create because… I am a Verb!