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Ways to Help Your Child Get Organized

Ways to Help Your Child Get Organized

Ways to Help Your

Child Get Organized

Helping your child to be more organized at home will help your child be more successful in school. Good organizational skills can be taught at home and will help your child’s learning abilities.

1. Write checklists together.
 Make lists together. Post them on your refrigerator or in a prominent place in their room.

Make lists of what to bring to school each day. Make lists of household chores to be done daily. Make lists of activities you will do together over the weekend. Make sure your child has a notebook to write done school homework assignments each day.

As your child completes a task allow your child to cross it off the list, or check off each item as it is completed. This will help give your child a sense of accomplishment.
2. Designate a specific place to study.

 Your child should study in the same place every night. This can be in their bedroom, in the kitchen or on the dining table. Anywhere that is a quiet place away from noise and T.V.

All school supplies should be available in this area. Use shoe boxes or small plastic trays to have pencils, erasers, glue, organized and close by.

3. Set up a routine study time.
 Your child’s routine should be organized so that every day at the same time you have set aside for homework or reading. It is always good to allow your child sometime to unwind after school and have time to have a snack and relax. Talk it over with your child and discuss the daily schedule so that he/she feels involved in the process. If your child does not have homework that day, use the time for reading books.
4. Organized your child’s backpack.
 Help your child stay organized by setting up a system to keep their backpack neat.

Use different colored notebooks for each subject. Use sections of the backpack for different items such as: one space for notebooks, another for homework assignments and a third space for pencils, markers and erasers.

Make sure you create a separate notebook or folder for homework assignments. Include a space for messages to parents that need to be read, signed and returned. Many teachers create homework assignment notebooks where the child writes his/her homework assignments each day and the teacher may include a note to the parents for them to read and sign.

5. Make a routine weekly day for clean up and sorting out.

Set up one day a week, such as Fridays or on the weekend, where you and your child go through his/her backpack to clean it out and sort through old papers or assignments that need to be filed away somewhere else or discarded.

6. Make a Routine at home.
 There should be a set dinnertime and bedtime each day. Children do better when they know what to expect each day. Set a time for dinner, homework, outdoor play, bath time and bedtime. Use the time before bed for “winding down” and reading in book.
7. Make a family calendar.

Find a place in your home to hang up a large family calendar. Write notes for each month to indicate a family birthday, an upcoming holiday , trip to the dentist or other special events.

8. Be Ready for the morning.

Each night before bed, ask your child to put out the clothes he/she will wear in the morning.

Make sure your child gets his/her backpack ready with all the supplies needed for the next day. The more organized your child is before bedtime, the easier the morning routine will run.
9. Set a good example.

Be a good role model for your child. Keep lists yourself for groceries, or family schedules posted in the kitchen. Organize your kitchen drawers so supplies are easily found. Post notes about upcoming doctor visits, or other family events. Keep your own desk organized.

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