writing and arithmetic may be the main curriculum, but the back-to-school
season provides an opportunity to teach your student another crucial life
skill: how to get organized.
Set up a
Designate an area just for study; keep homework supplies handy in a box or bin.
Crack the Color Code: Introduce the concept of color coding, buying
folders, notebooks and binders in different colors for different subjects.
Create a Command Cubby: Children should have a designated crate or box
near the front door for offloading their backpacks and key school items.
Calendar: Buy your child a portable calendar or planner. Teach her how to write down
assignments, test dates and other important happenings. Have her keep track of
classmates' e-mails and phone information here.
Lead by Example: Keep things neat
and organized in your own life; children learn by observing. Show them how you
make and use to-do lists. Demonstrate how you tackle chores such as bill paying
before you reward yourself with a book or TV show. Model efficiency and
productive work habits and you'll soon see those traits in your children.
For more tips for
getting your kids organized for school read Help Your
Child Get Organized and Ten Ways to Help Your Child Get Organized.
How do you help
your children get organized for school? Share your thoughts here and on the
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