I cannot believe that we are talking about the kids going back to school already! Summer seemed to go by too fast and I am sure the kids are excited to see all of their friends again. Going to a new school or having increased homework this year can be hard to get adjusted to and starting off the school year on a good note is essential! Here are 3 organizing tips I feel are important to work with your kids to have a successful school year.
Number one on my list is always to ASK YOUR KIDS what would help them the most when it comes to organizing and getting their homework done in a timely manner. When I work with my client’s children with their school organization I always ask them what would help them the most to be productive with their schoolwork. I have worked with kids from 2nd grade up to seniors in high school and it is always best to find out what works best for them. It may be creating a homework station, or the right organizing school supplies for them or a homework schedule and routine that they can follow. And if the kids do not know what would help them, ask them specific questions about school to see where they may need help the most.
The next important organizing tip for back to school is to have all of the things they need for school READY THE NIGHT BEFORE. I know you have heard this before and this may not work for every parent but at least have your kids backpack and school clothes ready for them so you are not running around trying to find things in the morning and trying to get out the door. Some parents are night owls and they prefer to do this later on at night and others work best if they get up earlier in the morning to get things in order. Once you get in a routine of what your child needs each day, it should become easier with time. Also start working with your children so they can start taking responsibility of what they need for school so they don’t feel stressed about not having something for class.
The last important tip is to find a good HOMEWORK STATION for your kids. As your kids get older each school year of course will increase with difficulty and homework projects and finding the best place for your kids to concentrate on their studies is very important. Again ask your kids or observe if they work better at the kitchen table in the heart of the home or a quiet place like their bedroom or another room in the home. Also it depends on the age of the kids but create an area where they have easy access to all of their school supplies which includes paper, pens/pencils/markers, calculator, laptops, printers, etc. There are some great school supply organizing products at retail stores like OfficeMax, Container Store and Staples.
Getting your children ready to start their school year off on the right foot with organization is a big step in helping them to be successful in school and as an adult. If you feel your kids need help with organization at the beginning of the year or later on in the school year, please contact me and I would be happy to help them to keep them on the right track in school. I hope your kids have an amazing and successful school year!