Upon your child’s arrival at the Set Them Up For Success center, our academic coaches will conduct a preliminary assessment to determine his/her immediate needs. For example, on some days a student might need the opportunity to just quietly relax before engaging with other students. Others might arrive really hungry and need their snack first. Often, our younger students arrive with lots of energy and need to ‘expend’ some before they are ready to proceed. Our flexible program easily meets the needs of each and every student on any given day!
At Set Them Up For Success, we are very focused on creating habits for success for our students. Writing goals each day has proven to be a consistently followed strategy for our country’s top producers. Our students are taught how to construct S.M.A.R.T. Goals (Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Relevant, and Time Specific).
When asked what is the best tool to keep motivated, our students unanimously answer, ‘Writing goals each day keeps me on track for what is important to me!’
Time management and planning are important academic skills. Our students are taught strategies to assist them with their homework and assignment completion.
Our academic coaches discuss with our students their plans for completion of school work. But what has really helped the kids at our Centers is the opportunity to debrief at the end of the week to determine which approaches were (or were not) effective in completing their tasks (in a manner that does not seem like a “task”, but re-frames the assignment in the perspective of a valuable learning experience). Equipped with these valuable insights, our students quickly develop and implement excellent time management skills.
That little voice in your head is ‘self-talk’. Your self-talk continues a running dialogue in your mind, and helps put (or keep) your experiences in perspective. One of the most important, but difficult things to learn is how to manage self-talk.
Often, people struggle with negative self-talk, which is a constraint to properly framing life experiences, and to achieving success. To help our students overcome negative self-talk, we utilize the power of positive affirmation. Students will be introduced to the concept of self-talk and encouraged to write the daily affirmation in their goal book each day.
There is an epidemic of ‘Entitlementitis’ in our country and it is ruining our youth. ‘I breathe, therefore I deserve’ is no way to win friends and influence others! However, when people “learn to earn” and are grateful for the rewards of diligence, integrity, ethics and hard work, true appreciation grows and from appreciation comes joy and happiness!
In order to ensure we set our students up for happiness, each child records in their gratitude journal everything they are grateful for that day. By focusing on what is good about their day, they typically find (sometimes to their surprise) much more good than bad. This habit produces positive, well-balanced students.