Developing good organizational skills is a key ingredient for success
in school and in life. Although some people by nature are more
organized than others, anyone can put routines and systems into place
to help a child "get it together." Here is a list of strategies that you
can use to help your child get - and keep - his/her life under control.
1. Use Checklists
Help 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. Crossing completed items off
the list will give him a sense of accomplishment (just like it does for us!)
2. Organize homework assignments
Before beginning assignments, encourage your child to designate in
what order to complete them. He should start with one that's not too
long or difficult, but avoid saving the longest or hardest assignments
3. Designate a Study Space
Your 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 readily nearby.
4. Set a Designated Study Time
Your child should know that a certain time every day is reserved for
studying and doing homework. Even if your child doesn't have homework,
the reserved time should be used for reading or working on a long term
5. Teach your child how to schedule long term items on a calendar.
For example, if a book report is due in 30 days, then discuss and mark
on a calendar when they need to have finished reading the book, when
they should begin the project, when they should finish the project, etc.
This is an invaluable lesson that will help them when they have more than
one long term project going at once, and it will prevent last minute
6. Prepare for the day ahead.
Before your child goes to bed, he should pack schoolwork and books and
it should be in a convenient place - the same place every day. This will
cut down on morning confusion and help prevent leaving needed work
sitting out somewhere.