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Organization For School
Your Child Take Notes
Before a new
chapter begins in class, have your child go through their text book.
Using their notebook, write down the chapter headings in the notebook. (for
older children have them write these heading themselves) Have your child
come up with a system for learning what is most important in class, and
place stars in their notebook next to sections that the teachers spends a lot
of time explaining. These will be the sections that are most important
and will most probably have the most questions on a test.
For example, if
your child is studying the Early American History, have them write the heading
for the chapter in their notebook. If the teachers spends time explaining the
Boston Tea Party, they should place a star next to it. If the teacher
spends a great deal of time explaining George Washington in Valley Forge, then
have your child place 2 stars next to that heading. When checking the
notes and studying for the test, you and your child will both know what areas
the teacher views as most important. Claire
Day Is It?
Each day kids
usually have one of the "extra" classes at school, gym, art, music,
library etc. It is sometimes very hard for them to remember what day is
what early in the morning, and this can cause them to forget to return library
books, to not have the proper clothing for gym or not be prepared in other
Find out your
child's schedule and have them make up a calendar for themselves that just
shows the days of the week and what special class they have for that day.
They can write the information or cut out or draw pictures to depict the
Use a strip of
velcro and cut small pieces and place one next to each day. Then attach
the other half of the velcro to the back of a cardboard disk. Every
night at bedtime, have them put the cardboard disk on the following day and
get together anything that is needed for that class. In the morning they
can check what class they will have and be prepared.
To School means Back To Homework
The start of a
new school year means the start of new homework battles for many parents.
For those children can can drift off and spend an hour day dreaming instead of
doing their homework, buy a small alarm clock with a 10 minute snooz button.
Have the alarm set to go off 10 minutes after your child starts their
homework. When the alarm goes off, have them hit the snooz button and the
alarm will resound in another 10 minutes. The sound of the alarm should
bring them out of their daydream and hopefully put them back on track.
Talk about this beforehand so that they understand that this is a reminder
system for them.
This can also be
used any time you need your child to remember to do something. For example,
when our son is babysitting our younger children, we use it to remind him to
check on the kids every ten minutes.
My daughter kept getting her
composition notebooks mixed up in class. She had 6, one for each subject. We
color coded the sides and bottom of each book a different color using markers.
I also gave her a matching color folder for
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Keep a laundry
basket by the front door. Each night your child(ren) fill it with
everything they will need the next day. Keys, bookbags, lunch money,
wallet, projects, gloves, hats etc. Each morning the basket should be
completely empty. Make sure you fill it the night before, when each
child has time to think about everything they might need the next day.
Use an online
organization/reminder service and have your child receive email notifications
when a project is due, a test is coming up. Have a copy sent to you so
you can also be reminded of school work, meetings with teachers, etc.
Have it become a learning project with the computer and work together to set
up the calendar options, email settings etc.
To help with
organizing school work, we bought different color folders. Each subject was
assigned a color and all papers for that subject were to be placed in the
appropriate folder. It would help to keep the papers organized and when
looking for a particular paper he would only need to search in one place.
All The Many
Do your house become overwhelmed
with the number of papers that come home from school. Children love to hang on
to each paper they completed. Find decorative boxes, one for each child
(decorative boxes can be found in many discount stores these days). Have
each child put all of their schoolwork in their box. Once the box is
full, go through it with your child, choosing some papers from each month of
the year, place them in a binder and throw the rest away. The binder
should not take up much room in the box so they can once again to save all
To Do List
As adults, many
of us use things to do lists all the time and with a vengeance. However,
our children do not yet know the value of that small piece of paper 9not to
mention they won't be able to find the list a few minutes after writing it!)
For my teenage
son, who no longer requires (or wants) help with homework, there seems to be
less time to help with organization of schoolwork. Each night, we set
aside a few minutes to talk about schoolwork, classes and what needs to be
done. This information, along with the feedback that I receive from the
teachers, is combined into a "Things To Do List" He has a small
notebook that fits in his pocket and is used for nothing else besides that
list. Each night, he can review today's list, make sure he completed
what he needed to or add those items on tomorrows list.
For each school
subject, make a "ticket" from a piece of colored paper. Use a
different color for each subject. Keep all tickets in the inside of the
school binder. As they receive their homework, they take the ticket for
that subject and put it in the front pocket of the binder. (Ours had a
clear plastic covering on the front that he could slide it in). At the end of
the day, all they need to do is look at which tickets are in the front to see
what books to bring home to do homework.
homework assignment and projects, break the assignment down into little
pieces. Make up a calendar and on each day write down the pieces that
are to be done that day. Make sure you give your child one calendar and
you have a copy for yourself. Your child can follow the calendar to
complete the project and you can check up each day to see if they are keeping
teachers were forever telling me that he was not prepared for class, meaning
specifically, he never had a pen or pencil with him. I choose my battles
carefully and try not to be picky about everything, therefore, I chose to
ignore the importance of hanging on to a pen all day long and began sending
3-4 pens a day with him, so that one was lost, another was available.
For the price of a box of pens a month, I helped him to be more prepared and
was able to concentrate on more important developmental goals.
It Down Again
homework, you can break it into pieces and set a time limit for each piece.
For example, "I want to see these 10 math problems done in one half
hour." Set the timer. Continue to monitor and set additional
limits as needed. Do not yell if not completed, as that will only serve to
cause anxiety and wasted time. Keep calm and work with your child. You
will be able to judge how long assignments will take after using this for a