Organization is a learned skill. This means showing and telling. Similar to how you model manners or remind your kids to cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing. Teaching organization is no different. Like anything else, it takes time. Some kids will pick it up sooner than others.
Losing homework papers, misplacing gym clothes, or crumpled papers in the backpack are only the tip of the iceberg. The full effect of having weak organization skills are often overlooked.
In addition to affecting your child’s academic success, their mental and physical health may be affected as well. Constantly losing, looking for, and misplacing things use a huge amount of time and mental energy. This can lead to stress and anxiety.
They may also struggle with handling information in an effective and logical way, which makes it challenging for them to complete tasks.
Implementing these 7 practical tips can help your child with developing organization skills for school.
1. Create a space for your child’s backpack, sports equipment, or extracurricular items
Establishing a place for items is the beginning for developing organization. Once everything has a home, then work on putting it there…consistently.
2. Use a calendar or school planner to keep track of assignments and due dates
Hold your child accountable. Check their planner daily. Also, this is a great time to take it a step further and teach them how to keep track of upcoming events. Write in family birthdays, extracurricular activities, or any other special dates.
3. Get loose papers in order
Should your child’s school papers be in a binder behind a specific tab? In folders? Find a system that works and help them stick to it. Have them go through their backpack at the end of each week and put all loose papers where they belong.
4. Have a dedicated homework area
Create a specific area for completing homework. It could be at a desk or at the kitchen table. It should be an area without distractions. Light music may work for some, but I highly recommend no television while completing homework.
5. Have extra school supplies for home
It’s always a good idea to have a home stash of school supplies. The perfect time to stock up is at the beginning of the new school year when supplies are heavily discounted.
6. Create a daily schedule
What time is homework? After school snack time? Chore time? Downtime? Bath time? Having a set schedule works hand in hand with developing organizational skills. Of course there may be times the daily schedule is interrupted due to life, but get back on it as soon as you can.
7. Prepare at night for the next day.
Planning and preparation result in less chaotic mornings. Teach your child to prepare for the next day prior to going to bed. Time should be taken to pick out clothes, pack lunches, and gather all school belongings.
The most important key for your child to develop organization skills is consistency. Consistency from both you and them. You will need to remind them often…practice, practice, practice!
It’s not easy. Remember, like anything else organization must be practiced and reinforced.
Please share below and let me know if any of the tips worked for you!