Set Your Child Up for Success With These Organisational Tips
As adults, many of us feel overwhelmed with our conflicting responsibilities and deadlines, but our children are not immune to these pressures. In addition to the normal challenges that come with learning about the world around us and developing crucial physical, mental and social skills, there are homework assignments, tests, projects and after school activities. The key to staying on top of things is to get organised – but few of us are innately born with these skills.
You can help to prepare your child for greater success at school and the rest of their life by teaching them how to get, and stay, organised. The following tips will help your child better manage their time and keep up with their things while lessening everyone’s stress levels.
Give your child some space. Designate a specific place for your child to study and do their homework each day. Make certain that the space you choose has good lighting and includes a solid work surface such as a table or desk.
Establish a routine. Help your children develop work-life balance at an early age by establishing routines for daily study time, as well as regular times for sleeping and relaxation.
Clear the clutter. You can help your child stay on task by ensuring that their study space is free of clutter and distractions. Keep things such as pencils, markers, rulers, index cards, calculators and other necessary tools handy and tidy to save time and eliminate frustration. Bookshelves, cubes, caddies and storage boxes are great ways to control clutter in the study space.
Save the date. Help your child remember important dates, such as the day that an important report or other assignment is due, by using a calendar. Hang it in their study space to help them remember to work on their assignments each day so that they don’t fall behind.
File it away. Create a simple filing system and keep it in your child’s study space. Encourage your child to file graded quiz and homework papers daily rather than carrying them around in their backpack or letting them pile up in their school locker. This way, they lighten the load they carry and will have the papers to review when they need to study for comprehensive tests.
Pack smarter. Help your child to stay organised once they reach school by teaching them to use the compartments and zippers in their backpacks to keep items such as important papers and notes from their teacher separate from their books. Consider using a pencil case to keep pencils, erasers and other small items handy so that you child doesn’t have to spend time digging through their whole backpack to find them.
Don’t forget to praise your child as he or she develops and displays good organisational skills. Praise goes a long way to encouraging your child to adopt this and other good habits.