How to Keep School Kids Organized

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Still have nightmares about missing homework or forgetting where your high school class is? Help spare your kids some of those school-age horrors with tips from JKS Education:

Organization is a skill that we need throughout all facets of our lives from childhood into adulthood.  We need it to be strong students from elementary school through college, to adeptly balance a household (with or without kids) and to succeed in our professional lives as well.It is perceived to be inherent, but many students struggle to maintain organization and keep up with teachers’ expectations for strong executive skills, cognitive functions that help people engage in goal-directed behaviors.  These skills, which include planning, organization, time management, working memory and metacognition, are an integral part of middle and high school yet, according to research, may not fully develop in the brain until the age of twenty-give.Although there may be varying degrees of difficulty within the realm of executive functioning, the following strategies can be helpful for all learners:

  • Frequently assist with organizing your child’s binder; make sure loose papers are organized in the appropriate section or tossed if no longer needed.  Keep folders at home for excess work that may be needed for cumulative midterm or final exams.  If a binder doesn’t help, consider an accordion folder.
  • Encourage your child to periodically clean out his/her locker to locate all necessary materials more easily.  For those whose lockers are filled with stray papers, ask a guidance counselor or teacher if they would be willing to assist.
  • Have your child use an agenda to keep track of homework assignments. Highlight all due dates for major assignments and exams so they stand out.  Frequently check your child’s planner to ensure assignments are written down.
  • Create to do lists each night; teach your child to prioritize each task in order of importance.
  • Breakdown projects or multi-step assignments into smaller parts with due dates so it is more manageable and less overwhelming; help your child by creating a checklist with each requirement to facilitate the completion of a long-term project.
  • Keep a large calendar at home with all personal and school related activities; it will help children visualize the weeks ahead and assist with time management.
  • Communicate regularly with your child on his/her academic progress and discuss various strategies for staying organized.
  • Establish a quiet work area for your child to complete homework and study for exams. This will enable parents to monitor productivity and offer encouragement as needed.
JKS Education provides academic and organizational tutoring for children of all ages. For more information, visit JKS’s website.
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