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👩🏫 🎒 👨🏫 🏫 This week’s #functionalfriday is on social standards in person while in the classroom (as well as morals to live by even when remote, too!)
🍎As more schools are returning to in person learning, it's important to refresh these manners and social skills.
I have included a list of things to go over below that ensure a conducive and happy learning environment. ⤵️
1️⃣Take responsibility for your education by investing yourself into your learning. Put in the effort!
2️⃣Attend every class! If you’re not there, you won’t learn!
3️⃣Get to class on time. Not only will you miss material if you’re late, you’ll also disrupt other students if you come in late!
4️⃣Do not have private conversations while the teacher or another classmate is addressing the class or while others are working. This can distract from work!
5️⃣Turn cell phones off. Ringing and other notifications can be distracting.
6️⃣Asking questions is great, but be cognizant of asking too many questions as it is kind to give others the opportunity to participate as well.
7️⃣Respect your teacher! Don’t interrupt them or distract your classmates.
If you’re a teacher, what’s one of your big rules for positive student behavior?!⤵️⤵️
Living Room Maintenance
Are you enjoying the #functionalfriday series on social media over this past month? ❤️
☝🏼I especially love writing about them, especially since it is very common to hear from [high school] students that school does not prepare them with functional life skills.
➡️✅These basic life skills that can be developed first within their home are essential to maintain an environment conducive to productivity, as well as physical and mental health!
☝🏼✏️This week I want to focus on the living room.
⤵️⤵️⤵️Here’s are a list of tasks needed to maintain a clean and organized communal living area:
* Vacuum! I cannot stress this enough: dirt and dust can be detrimental to the lungs. Regular vacuuming is important for respiratory health. Also, food crumbs can lead to all kinds of creatures - yuck! In fact, my granny used to make us bring out the handheld vacuum every time we had a snack because she wanted nothing to do with bugs 😂 .
* Clean up after yourself! If you took out a toy/blanket/snacks, put it back where it came from to minimize the pile and keep it clutter-free. .
* Sweep the floor/mop the floor! This is along the same lines as the vacuum- no crumbs/dirt/dust allowed! .
* Turn off lights/electronics when leaving room! When you are leaving a room for an extended period of time, make sure to turn off all electronics and lights to save electricity. This is not only better for your light bill, it's better for your electronics as well.
For this week’s #functionalfriday , I am going to be focusing on several key skills from the kitchen. ⤵️⤵️⤵️
👩🏻🍳I grew up knowing that the kitchen was the heart of the home.
❤️In the kitchen, I learned to cook, do the dishes, 🍽 and spend some of my fondest memories with my family because we had dinner every night together.
📝Here is a list of basic kitchen cleaning to start with:
* Empty the trash 🗑
* Wash dishes when you use them/put them in the dishwasher 🍽
* Wipe down counters and counter fronts
* Sweep/mop floors 🧹
* Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food 🚰🦠🧽
* Load the dishwasher with cups on the top rack, dishes on the bottom, sorting utensils in the basket 🍽
This week's #functionalfriday is focused on the bedroom. 🛌
🔌The bedroom is not just where you start and end your day but where recharge. This means that it is one of the most important rooms in your life and how you treat it can influence how you live.
🧹Having a clean environment to rest and live in is so important for mental health. 🧠
📝Here is a list of things to teach your children to do to keep their rooms in line:
🛏️ Make your bed every day. This is one of the most important to me. This sets the tone for an organized and productive day.
🧺 Place clothes in the hamper and not on the floor!
🧥 👚 👕 👖 🩲 🧦 Put clean clothes away immediately and don’t let them sit. They’ll wrinkle!
🧹 🗑️ Vacuum carpet and sweep the floor at least once a week! Don’t forget the baseboards!
🛌 We will spend a separate week on laundry, but don’t forget to wash your bedding frequently, especially pillowcases! Weekly washing of pillowcases keeps the face beautiful and acne-free.
I truly hope you all are enjoying my new Functional Fridays. Have a wonderful weekend!
For this week's #functionalfriday life skill, let’s talk about the bathroom 🚽, more specifically, proper bathroom hygiene!
🧼If someone is never instructed on how to do something, there is a possibility they will never learn it, so, teaching proper cleaning and hygiene practices to young people is infinitely important. 🧽
⤵️Here are some functional basics:
* Hand washing: wash your hands in warm water with soap for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget between your fingers and under your nails! 🚰🧴👋🏼 .
* Towels: it is typical to reuse shower and hand towels. However, wash them after every 2-3 uses for shower towels and every 2-3 days for hand towels. Also, make sure you hang your shower towels to dry completely between uses. 🚿 .
* Laundry basket: dirty laundry gets put in the basket, not the floor! 🧺 .
* Teeth brushing: brush your teeth for two minutes in circular motions with toothpaste...and don’t forget your tongue! Also use mouthwash and floss as needed 🪥🦷 .
* Bathroom cleaning: you should be cleaning your bathroom about once a week. There are so many bacteria that live there since it is a damp place. This includes the sink, counters, toilet, shower/tub of course, but also any rugs and the shower curtain! ❇️🛀🦠🚽🧼 .
Because there are so many “basics,” it would be very beneficial to have a visual checklist of some kind, such as the one found really ANYWHERE on the internet or just customize it on your own!
Home Office Maintenance
On Fridays in 2021, I am introducing a new series on social media called #functionalfriday.
📌Have you ever seen those memes on the internet about how “school didn’t teach me to pay bills'' or “school didn’t teach me to set a table” ?!
🙅♀️Many of our children (and adults included) did not learn how to do many basic, functional life tasks.
📌As a result, I want to provide parents and teachers with a variety of life skills…the skills you WISH everyone was taught.
💁♀️While the number of skills to teach seems INFINITE, I want to make sure that I am starting SOMEWHERE to prepare kids to the best of my ability for all aspects of life.
📌📌📌So, this week I want to talk about something that’s been new to most of us this past year: making the HOME OFFICE/SCHOOL LEARNING SPACE a functional one.
Here are the tips ⤵️
💻 When remotely learning or working from home, it is important that you separate your space by use. For example, don’t do school work in bed. Why? You will associate your bed with work and you won’t sleep as well.
🤓🧠👀This is an important life skill for every age; having dedicated spaces helps keep your brain organized and produces more fruitful and focused activity. The goal is to enable students to focus, minimize distractions, and mentally gets them into a work mode.
💻 🛋️📺 🛏️Even more, it helps create balance between working, free time, and sleep time while learning from home.
🔁Everything is so intertwined these days, so it is especially important in this new socially distanced environment in which we are navigating.
📌Be sure that you are monitoring your children/students and making sure that they are not only surviving but thriving in their environment!
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