1. Separate Spaces
A child’s bedroom is often used for rest, play and schoolwork. Separate these areas within the room to create order. Use bins and baskets to contain toys and clothes, keeping them separate from workspace. Provide separate areas within that workspace for completed assignments and ongoing projects.
2. Weekend Cleanings
Each weekend, go through your child’s book bag with them. Remove graded assignments and other papers that are no longer needed and refill supplies that were used or lost, such as extra pencils. Committing to this process every week prevents build-up.
3. Lighten the Load
Kids carry more than supplies to school. Look for backpacks with enough slots and compartments for subway passes, cell phones, house keys and anything else your student needs in addition to books. Lighten the load by helping eliminate unnecessary or distracting items.
4. Think Training Wheels
Organization, like riding a bike, is a skill that must be taught. Hectic evenings make it tempting to make sure homework is in the homework folder and call it good, but this won’t teach organizational skills. Let your child keep his own calendar or planner and show him how to use it to meet deadlines.
5. Slow It Down
Know how much is too much. If you can’t keep up with soccer games, band practice, piano lessons and scout events, imagine how hard it must be for a kid! Sometimes the key to staying organized is having less to track. Extracurricular activities are important, but so is recognizing when your child may be getting too much of a good thing.
6. Have Backups
Ask the school for extra copies of your child’s textbooks and know who to contact for access to forgotten assignments. Many schools make homework assignments available online. Having a backup plan helps kids stay on target when materials are forgotten, be it legitimately or conveniently.
Keeping kids organized throughout the school year is a challenge, but one that you can overcome with the right preparation before school starts and a good routine during the year.
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