There are several ways for children to be successful in school, but it is not always easy. Many kids, and adults for that matter, lack the knowledge of how to use organization as a tool for success. Often times, it just takes a little organization to help kids. How do you know what type of organization strategy will work for your child? It might take some trial and error, but the following tips can ease the struggle.
10 Ways to Help Kids Get Organized for Back to School Success
Consistency is Key:
1. Schedules not only provide consistency, they provide security for kids. Create a schedule with your child for before school and after school activities. Visual Schedules work great for kids who are not yet readers or struggle with reading.
2. Routines are vital to organization. Again, the routines should be consistent. Every morning, after school, and bed time need to be the same every school day and night. Now, there are times where that isn’t always possible, but your child should know that at a specific time, they are doing a specific task.
3. Regular bedtimes are part of the routines you establish, but the time for bed needs to be carefully considered depending on your child’s age, activities, and personality. Some kids require more sleep than others, but regardless of how much sleep they get, their bodies actually need that time in order to grow physically and mentally. It also provides kids’ brains with clarity when they receive the rest they need.
4. Have a consistent time during the week when you do a backpack clean out and go through everything that’s inside. Put things in their designated spots and start with a fresh, clean backpack.
5. Get all materials that will need to go to school the next day ready before bedtime. Put everything in the backpack that must go and set it in a place where your child can pick it up and go.
Parental Guidance is a Must:
1. When helping a disorganized child get organized, it’s important to break tasks down into steps. Most of the time the disorganized child is overwhelmed and needs help looking at the larger task in smaller and more attainable steps.
2. Be sure to use specific language when breaking the task down. You will want to make sure your child completely understands what he or she needs to accomplish in each step.
3. Communicate often with the teacher to see how your child is progressing.
4. Be a role model. If you are going to expect a behavior from your child, you should model that behavior yourself so that your child understands how being organized can be a successful tool.
5. Get your child’s input. Find out what they think would help him get organized. Maybe he has an idea that you hadn’t thought of. Give it a try.
It’s not always easy to help a child learn to be organized. However, it can be done with help from you and the tips above. If something doesn’t work, it is ok, just readjust and try something else. The key is that it works for your child so that they can have success in school and for a lifetime.