Regardless of age, organizational skills are something every student should learn. It can affect their success in the later grades, and your sanity throughout all of their schooling. If you build good habits early on, it will be much easier to maintain them later.
Give Them The Proper Tools
There are a few supplies that, in general, every student needs in order to stay organized;
Is there a kid out there that doesn’t love fresh school supplies? Probably not. Once they have all of the tools they need, it’s much easier to keep them on the right track.
Get Into A Routine
In order to have an effective system of organization, your student has to actually use it. If they get into a set routine of always doing certain things at certain times, it will eventually become second nature.
Put Them In Charge
While it may be tempting, you shouldn’t do these things for them. They need to be the ones to go through their binder and backpack. They should know what to keep, what can be trashed, what still needs to be turned in, and what they need (or want) to save for later. If they seem to have a hard time remembering these things, try having them make notes on papers as they’re given to them. If the teacher passes something out and says “This is homework.”, your student can write “homework” (or even just HW) and the subject at the top of the page so that they won’t forget. They can also write the due date so that they’ll remember what date to write in their planner. When they’re cleaning out their binder or backpack (which can happen every week or so), let them decide what to keep and get rid of, don’t just throw everything away because you don’t know what assignments they still need. When you take over and do all of the planning and organization for them, they won’t learn how to be organized and responsible for themselves.
Your child’s school years are about more than basic academics. They’re building the life skills and habits that will influence the type of person they become. At St. Barnabas we understand the important role parents play in shaping their child’s character, and we strive to support you in all that you do for your children.
Our mission is to challenge each student in a supportive environment that promotes academic excellence and sound moral values within a framework of God’s love.