Primary 1 - Time Management




Completing homework. Preparing for school. CCAs. Doing chores. Tuition.


Children in Singapore have a busy schedule and most children who just entered Primary 1 might have trouble adjusting to these changes.


Here are 5 tips that can help you to teach your child on the concept of time management. You might even learn a thing or two!






Teach your child the habit of sleeping early and getting enough sleep so they can have energy that they’re going to need the morning after. You can teach them a few weeks before school starts. They need at least 9-11 hours of sleep each day. Set a reasonable schedule for bedtime and stick to it!








By now, your kids most likely know how to tell time. However, they may not be able to understand why it’s important. Buy them a watch and help them develop greater awareness of time. You can teach them how to measure the amount of time needed to complete tasks e.g. it takes 3 minutes to make the bed, 2 hours to complete their homework.






Time to teach your children to regulate their time on their gadgets (phone, TV, tablets, laptops, etc.). It’s not bad to spend your time on your gadgets for recreation, but there must be a limit for everything to do other things properly. You can set a gadget “off time” during the night. That goes for you parents, too.








Have a designated part of the house where your child can study without distractions. Don’t teach them about multi-tasking yet. It’s more efficient to focus on one task at a time. If it’s play time, then they should just play. If it is time to study, then your child should just focus on studying. If your little one can’t complete his homework on time, try to re-adjust his working (or studying, in this case) environment. You can design his study zone in a way that your child will be able to both get motivated and enjoy studying in his own zone.


Don’t forget to give them time to play too!





Part of teaching time-management is to teach a person how to think ahead, kind of like preparing what task he should be doing now what he should be doing next. This way, your child will panic less and will avoid anxiety problems brought about by not knowing what to do next.


You can teach them the things to do next after they wake up early in the morning, like making the bed, washing their faces and hands, eating breakfast, washing their dishes, brushing their teeth, preparing their clothes, showering, putting on clothes, grooming, and preparing to go to school.


You can tell them this before bedtime and make them enumerate all the things that they need to do when they wake up the next day. Just keep on repeating your instructions until this becomes a habit. Don’t overdo it though!



Sometimes, very poor time-management is already a characteristic among some children. But as with any attitude, it can be changed. We just need to guide our children the right way for them to be effective and efficient adults in the future.


Proper time-management has become an essential skill that parents should teach their children. This is something that will make your child one step closer to his dreams and aspirations. This will teach him how to do things properly and on time.





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