It’s very important for kids to learn organizing skills to increase their chances at being successful in school. Often times such skills are not taught in school, but yet the expectations of being able to juggle 5 or 6 classes worth of work is still there. Working with your child and teaching organizing skills at home will give your child the solid foundation he or she needs in order to do well in school, have good self-esteem, and have the courage and confidence to try new things.
A good place to start is to set up a study zone. Find out where your child likes to do homework. Does your child need complete silence to concentrate or is background music preferred? Every child learns differently and so it’s important to do a little investigating if you don’t already know how your child learns best. The study zone can be in your child’s bedroom, at the kitchen table, or maybe even in the basement or a spare guest room. Wherever it is, make sure there’s a large enough flat surface to write on (preferably a desk), it’s free of distractions (TV, cell phones, and away from high-traffic areas, if possible), it’s comfortable (equipped with a proper chair, moderate temperature, and good lighting) and all supplies are stored nearby for easy access.
Set up a desktop filing system. Just like adults have a lot of paper to manage each day, so do students. A great way to keep paper organized is to set up a desktop filing system (a 10″ x 12″ box without a lid that sits right on top of the desk for easy access). There should be a file for each class for storing notes, as well as a few personal files (in the back) for storing …Read more