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Category : Parenting Tips

Mastering the Art of Organization

Tuesday , August 20 , 2019

Every parent wants their child to be successful in school, which also means mastering the art of organization. By teaching your child a few organizational skills now, you’re providing valuable know-how that can be used in the classroom, at home, and in future careers. Mastering organization skills at an early age will continue to be beneficial as your child advances to the next grade-level when the coursework becomes more challenging, and homework assignments and projects are given increases.

Make a Checklist

Using checklists may improve efficiency. With a checklist, your child can keep track of homework assignments, special projects, gear needed for afterschool sports, extra school supplies, and weekend chores.  

Establish a Study/Homework Area

Set your child up for success throughout the school year by establishing a positive homework routine. Make sure your child has a quiet and well-lit area where he or she can complete assignments or read. 

Establish Consistent Homework/Study Times

Set aside a consistent time each day to study and complete homework. When your child arrives home for the day, ask if he or she may need help with any assignments. Offer to review homework before it is due. If your child attends an after-school program, have him or her complete homework there. 

Avoid Clutter

Keep your child’s desk/study space free of loose papers and other clutter. Once a week, go through the clutter on the desk and recycle what you don’t need anymore and reorganize supplies. Store pencils, pens, and other supplies in decorative boxes or cans.

Use a Student Planner/Organizer

Keep your child organized with a personal planner or organizer, especially if your child has multiple classes. It will be much easier for him or her to keep track of daily assignments, research assignments, and upcoming tests. You can also use the planner to create a daily “To Do” list and keep track of other important reminders.

Color-Coded Calendar

Consider color-coding similar activities in the personal planner or organizer. For example, highlight study time in blue, upcoming tests in green and afterschool activities in yellow.

Use One Calendar

Use a wall calendar or whiteboard to track the family’s activities, including extracurricular activities, doctor and dentist appointments, play dates, school events and school holidays. Assign a colored marker for each member of the family. With a master family calendar, it will be easier to see all of the activities for the month.

Break Up Study Time and Tasks

If your child is preparing for a test or is working on a big assignment, have your child break up the study time into 30 minutes or one-hour increments. Time can be blocked out in your child’s personal planner or organizer. Try breaking larger tasks into smaller ones. If the assignment is to read three chapters, just have your child read one chapter at a time. Also, break up larger projects into three or four smaller tasks as it will make accomplishing these tasks much easier.

Keep Track of Smaller Supplies

Use a zippered pouch or pencil case to keep track of smaller items such as calculators, pencils, pens, highlighters, and paper clips. 

Prepare the Night Before

Have your child organize folders and pack his or her backpack each night to ensure everything that is needed for the next school day is ready to go. This is a good time to remind your child to pick out his or her clothes for the next school day.

Get Enough Sleep

To ensure that your child is well-rested for the next day of school, have your child go to bed early. Don’t skip breakfast; studies have shown that children who eat breakfast earn better grades.