Developing good organizational skills is a key ingredient for success in life. While some people are by nature more organized than others, anyone can put routines and systems in place to help a child “get it together.”
This list of strategies can help your kid get — and stay — organized in life:
1. Use Checklists
Inculcate the habit of keeping a “to-do” list. Use checklists to post assignments, household chores, play time and reminders about what materials to bring to school. Your child should keep a small pad dedicated to listing homework assignments. Completing items from the list will give him a sense of accomplishment.
2. Organize Homework Assignments
Before starting with the homework, encourage your child to number assignments in the order in which they should be done. They should start with one that’s not too long or difficult, but avoid saving the longest or hardest assignments for last.
3. Designate a Study Space
Your child should study in the same place every night, that too in peace. It doesn’t have to be a bedroom, but it should be a quiet place with few distractions. All school supplies and materials should be nearby. If your young child wants to study around you, then, you’ll be better able to monitor the progress and encourage good study habits.
4. Set a Designated Study Time
Set a certain time every day in reserve for studying and doing homework. The best time is usually not right after school as most children want to unwind first. Include your child in deciding a time. Even if they don’t have homework, utilize the reserved time to review the day’s lessons, read for pleasure or work on an upcoming project.
5. Keep Organized Notebooks
Help your child keep track of papers by organizing them in a binder. This will help them review the material for each day’s classes and to organize the material later to prepare for tests and quizzes. Bring dividers to separate class notes or colour-code notebooks.
These little steps will definitely enhance and inculcate the organizational skill in your kid during the school days, which would be beneficial in the long run. So get your job done of getting binders and small pads, and let the kids do the rest.