School starts again in a couple of weeks! Are you and your children organized and ready to go? Now is the perfect time to implement these back to school organization tips.
Set a Good Example
The most important tip is for you to set an example for your children. If you are on time, they will see that timeliness is important. If you put things away, they are likely to follow your example. Exhibit the behavior you want to see in your children.
One of the biggest frustrations children have is they don’t know the behavior you expect. Take time to explain rules, parameters and acceptable behavior. If you want them to hang their coat, show them where and how to hang it. Show them where to put dirty clothes and how to lay out their clothes for the next day. It is unfair to discipline a child for the wrong behavior when you haven’t shown them the correct behavior.
Manage Time and Tasks
Show your child how to keep a To Do list and a calendar. Teach your child to plan the day, prioritize tasks, and allocate time for school and leisure activities. A large calendar provides an excellent visual of time and tasks. If your child has trouble focusing, you may want to use a kitchen timer and ask them to work on a task for 15 minutes at a time. If tasks take longer than 15 minutes, show your child how to break down a task into small chunks. Use the calendar to identify homework time, sports activities, family obligations, and events.
Create a Homework Zone
Create a homework zone that is well-lit and free of distractions. The homework zone should have a desk large enough to spread out assignments, shelving for reference materials, supplies, a comfortable chair, a planning calendar, and if appropriate, a computer and printer.
Designate a Spot
For the best school organization, designate a spot for everything – backpacks, shoes, coats, school papers, and artwork – and train your child to put items in their designated spots daily. Be sure there is a designated spot for important papers and school forms that you need to see or sign. After you sign the papers, either put them back in the child’s backpack or put them in a designated spot for the child to retrieve and take back to school. You will want to keep a binder of folder of important school papers that you can retrieve quickly and easily. The binder or folder might include the school directory, contact numbers for car pools or coaches, the school calendar, and the school menu.
Great School Organization Skills
Positive reinforcement is a great way to keep children motivated as they are learning organization skills. With a little planning and some new habits, you and your children can have excellent school organization, which will translate into a lifetime of good habits. Your household will be less stressed and your child will learn valuable life skills. Just think – with better organization, you and your family can spend more time having fun!
© Passion for Order 2016