Do your child keep up with their homework assignments? Do they keep up with their books? Is their desk at home and school a total mess? Do they keep up with their test dates? How can you help? Here are just a few ways you can turn your disorganized child into an organized one.
Make sure that you communicate with your child’s teacher. In doing so the teacher can also encourage and help the student at school, to keep their desk and paper work organized.
One of the first tools your child should have is a book bag. This will allow your child to place all of their items in one place. Remind your child they are to put all of their required items back into their book bag.
Make sure that your child have folders for each subject or if your child’s teacher will allow your child too possibly use one big notebook binder. If the teacher allows this the child should have each subject divided and labeled with tabs.
After each homework assignment is completed the student should place it in the proper folder or in the notebook binder in the proper labeled section. Once the child does this they should place the notebook(s) or binder back into their book bag. After the student has completed all of their homework they can have their parent check it and the parent will in return place the homework back into its proper folder and place it back into the book bag. You can then place the book bag by the front door. This will help the child remember to carry it with them.
Your child should be provided with a notebook in order to write down all of their homework assignments. This will assure that the child has written all of their assignments in one place and it will be much easier to keep up with. Some schools will provide a homework journal. If your child’s teacher agrees once the student writes down their homework assignment the teacher can sign and date it. When the child has completed the assignment, the parent can check it and sign and date the homework journal as well. This will ensure that the student has written down the assignment correctly and that the parent in return has verified the assignment has been completed. Make sure you stress to the child the importance of placing the homework journal back into the book bag when it is not being used.
When the student has a project that needs to be completed or an upcoming test, the parent should keep a calendar on the child’s desk with the date(s) highlighted. This will remind the parent and the student of the assignment. It would also be a great idea to create a timeline with your child on how much work will be completed on a weekly basis toward the completion of the assignment. Make sure the child follows the agenda. This could also help with the students test by writing down how much time the student will study for each subject.
Help your child keep their work area clean and organized at home. Speak with your child’s teacher on a regular basis making sure the child is following these rules at school as well.
During the process of helping your child become more organized do not expect an overnight miracle. It will take time. As your child becomes more organized you can back off on your supervision, but still check on the child’s progress to make sure they are continuing to be persistent on keeping their items organized.