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Fitting OT Mom Activities Into Your Schedule
August 18, 2020

Fitting OT Mom Activities Into Your Schedule

(Plus Back to School Discount)

The current question on everyone’s lips seems to be “how does school look for you where you are?” Blended/hybrid, online or in-person? Alternate days, alternate weeks, every day? So much uncertainty!

In South Africa, where I am, schools started reopening in June (our academic mid-year), with final year scholars returning first, and slowly reintegrating other grades. However, with soaring infections, all the schools got closed again at the end of July, and are only now reopening, with various protocols in place.

I have been home schooling my three kiddos for over a decade, so in some ways it was not too much of an adjustment. Our biggest change has been not having extra murals in the afternoon - however, this means more time to focus on the areas where my kids needed some encouragement.

Whether it was extra practice at reading aloud, getting a better exercise routine going, becoming more disciplined with music practice, working on second language skills… it has been so good to get on top of areas we usually skim over for lack of time.

I know lots of you have visited my activity pages or bought my e-books – how are you doing with putting the activities into practice in your daily lives?

Here are some tips I have collected over the years...

* Is there a time of day when it is generally possible for you to focus on your child for 10 minutes? After breakfast if you homeschool? After a rest time in the afternoon? Between bath and bed? Can you make a 10-minute break in the homework routine in the afternoon?

* I find it really helps to link specific skill-building activities together with a non-negotiable regular activity. Kind of like keeping pills next to your toothbrush to remind you to take your pills when you brush your teeth! Maybe you can add hand strengthening toys to the bath-time routine? Spray bottles, sponges to squeeze, squirt toys… these are all great in the bath.

* I personally link fine motor activities to a specific daily school subject my kids are doing. So I have put a big sticky note on the teaching book I am using, which reminds me to do the pencil control activities with the child who needs it before commencing that lesson. Maybe you can do the same with a gross motor or fine motor skill your child needs to practice?

* What about chores? I have a whole page of chores that can help to build skills – take a look and see if there are any your child can do on a regular basis.

Using Chores To Build Skills

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I hope these tips help some of you! Please do pass the newsletter on to anyone you think may benefit from it.

Thanks so much for joining me again this month! Keep healthy and strong!

Tracey

Holding onto this verse for myself: Isaiah 26:3-4
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.




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