With school well under way, helping your kids get and stay organized can seem like a monumental task. This includes getting ready for school in the morning, as well as completing homework and projects. Not to mention the night time routines. The key to organization can be as easy as 1-2-3. That's according to an article I read on kidshealth.org.
According to the article, all tasks can be broken down into three components. They are:
Getting organized : Your child should gather everything they need to accomplish the task at hand, then head to where they need to be. So, if they're are working on a poster project, they should gather all materials and then head to their workspace. They should not have to leave to get supplies that they "forgot".
Staying focused : The next step is for your child to complete the task at hand, without getting distracted. They need to focus. Turn off the TV and put the cell phones away. Although Tyler is in high school, he knows my rules have not changed. He's not allowed to text or even have his phone near him, when he's doing homework, unless he's working on a group project and they are texting during a specific time.
Getting it done : This last step simply means finishing up the task. This includes things like making sure your child puts their homework in their backpack so they don't forget it. At Tyler's school, they have "A" and "B" days, so each day they are taking a different set of classes, similar to college. He has one binder for each day. One thing he has to make sure he does each day, is put the correct binder and books in his backpack at the end of his homework section.
This method works not only for school related tasks but household chores and hygiene ...you name it. And parents, you may want to try this method to keep yourself organized too!
Myra Faye Turner, Writer