Service organizations throughout the United States work hard to help millions of children and families improve their lives. The work they so capably do is essential to the well being of many Americans, especially at a time when government support is being reduced in so many areas.
At Parenting My Kids, we are very happy to be aligned so far with two service organizations. Both do so much to help younger children develop the skills they need for success in school and throughout their lives.
One is an Illinois service organization that provides transitional housing, mentoring, and support services to homeless families and their children. One of those services is a volunteer program of certified teachers who provide free homework and tutoring support to the children. A gift of 225 Folders for Focusing from a local supporter has been a blessing for many of the kids. Often used in a group setting, the folders foster a calming environment, reduced visual distractions, greater concentration, and improved task completion.
Another organization working with an Educational Dealer in Georgia provided 960 Folders for Focusing in the summer of 2017 that were included in gifted backpacks of summer activities and therapy tools for underprivileged children.
Folders for Focusing are tools that support childhood development of Executive Functioning Skills. They are attractive and sturdy tri-folds that provide privacy space for use at home or in school. Two dry erase boards offer easy ways to provide visual cues that are so valued by children.
By using the folders on a regular basis, teachers, parents, and staff person can help children strengthen their ability to focus, pay attention, organize, plan, set priorities, get the work done, and improve their working memory. Common adult observations of students who use the folders include a calming effect, reduced distractions, and greater productivity.