Advice for Parents:
Tips for Developing Organizational Skills in Your ChildrenUse Checklists & Organize Homework AssignmentsHelp your child get into the habit of keeping a “to-do” list. Use checklists to post assignments, household chores, and reminders about what materials to bring to class. Your child should keep a small pad or notebook dedicated to encourage your child to number assignments in the order in which they should be done. Avoid saving the longest or hardest assignments for last. As assignments are completed, your child should cross them off the list, giving him a sense of accomplishment.
Designate a study space and set a designated study timeYour child should study in the same place every night. It should be a quiet place with few distractions. All school supplies and materials should be nearby. If your young child wants to study with you nearby, too, you will be better able to monitor his progress and encourage good study habits. Your child should know that a certain time every day is reserved for studying and doing homework. The best time is usually not right after school – most children benefit from time to unwind first. Include your child in making this decision. Even if she doesn’t have homework, the time should be used to review the day’s lessons, read for pleasure, or work on an upcoming project.
Keep organized notebooks and a master calendarHelp your child keep track of papers by organizing them in a binder or notebook. This will help him review the material for each day’s classes and to organize the material later to prepare for tests and quizzes. Use dividers to separate class notes, or color-code notebooks. Separate “to-do” and “done” folders help organize worksheets, notices, and items to be signed by parents, as well as provide a central place to store completed assignments. Keep a large, wall-sized calendar for the household that lists the family’s commitments, schedules for extracurricular activities, days off from school, and major events at home and at school. Note dates when your child has big exams or due dates for projects. This will help family members keep track of each other’s activities and avoid scheduling conflicts.Create a schedule: Try to establish and stick to a regular dinnertime and a regular bedtime. This will help your child fall into a pattern at home. Children with a regular bedtimes go to school well-rested. Try to limit TV-watching and computer play to specific periods of time.Prepare for the day: Before your child goes to bed, he should pack schoolwork and books in a book bag. The next day’s clothes should be laid out with shoes, socks, and accessories. This will cut down on morning confusion and allow your child to prepare quickly for the day ahead.Help your child develop organizational skills by copying checklists and schedules and taping them to the refrigerator. Gently remind her about filling in calendar dates and keeping papers and materials organized. Most important, set a good example!!!
Contacting TeachersNever be afraid to contact your child's teachers, counselor, or assistant principal. We are all her to help your child be successful. Often times, parents are hesitant to make contact until it it too late. It is better to address any concerns you have earlier rather than later. E-mail is usually the best contact as teachers may not always be able to answer the phone when you call. Every staff member has the same e-mail format, firstname.lastname@example.orgYour child's counselor and assistant principal can also help coordinate a meeting with all of his/her teachers. This is called a staffing. Staffings can have many purposes. The most common is to develop a plan of success for an individual student.
Provide needed support while your child is learning to become more organized!
Last Modified on January 5, 2011