Lisa used Habyts to schedule her daughter’s educational and playtime periods, so she can see what subject is to be done and for how long.
This is easy to set up using the Tasks section.
To do this yourself, set each subject as a Task, selecting Monday-Friday and the due time. In Lisa’s case, she set it to any time that day to give her daughter some flexibility in which subjects she could do when.
“Every period of work had to be approved, and once they were done Izzy got a period of Play Time – where she could watch videos or play games on the websites that have been allowed.”
To do this, click both Block Play Time and Needs Approval.
Once Izzy has completed the Task and Lisa has approved it, Lisa can then set Play Time from her home dashboard until it’s time for Izzy to go back to her next subject and Task.
“Being an independent child that prefers to self-learn, she is able to decide what to do for some subjects, while others I am more specific about the subject to be done, and she only needs to ask for help when needed.”
Lisa also used the Study Time tab to limit the programs Izzy could use during Study Time.
To do this, go to the Study Time section and:
- Decide if Study Time is unlimited or for a set period of time
- If the latter, decide how long Study Time should last
- Decide which websites you want to block during Study Time.
“I like the fact I can limit the programs she can use during Study Time too – many child time management software’s that I have tried block the entire PC from use, which is no good for a Home Education setting – it’s easy to set up the educational programs that she can use.”
Lisa then used points for non-educational Tasks, so the things Izzy is meant to do every day, but often forgets, like filling the cats food up and tidying her desk!
“We’ve added in some rewards that she has chosen so it’s a good incentive for her to do things without having to be reminded by me.”
Having Habyts has made both our lives more peaceful and easy – there has been very little opposition to doing her work, because it’s clearly set out what is needing to be done and when she will be able to play. I believe that having the requirements in place on Habyts eases her mind, she knows exactly what she can do and when, and finds it easy to use the child dashboard.