There are weekday mornings’ where parents run a race against the clock. When the school bus arrives, parents tend to be frustrated, frazzled, and screaming at their child. In this competitive world, children are expected to organize their environment and manage their time in order to be ahead. All children need some help learning, to get organized and to effectively carry out tasks in their morning routine along with school responsibilities.
Here are some of guidelines we recommend for parents who want to start building improved organizational skills:
- Establish Good Habits – It can take between three weeks and a month to establish a new habit, but for children, it’s easier. If parents can get their wards on a regime for a few weeks, the new habits will fall into place. Let your child follow a bedtime routine. We all know that minimum of 8 hours of sleep is necessary for them.
- Discuss Organization: The importance of an organized regime needs to be imparted to young learners to help them with the ever-changing education system. Parents need to be agile and supportive of their ward’s schedule. Try your best to stick to your own schedule as well- young children learn most by seeing their parents also practice organizational skills.
- Create a Checklist and Put It in Writing: Having a checklist of daily activities that need to be accomplished sounds like a good start to their organizational skills. From attending their classes, having a snack to playtime – everything in a checklist can help them utilize their time effectively.
- Create and Label a Dedicated Homework Folder: It’s never too early to begin good organizational habits. From the day the very first assignment is given, a separate homework folder is a good idea.
- Prepare for the next day – As your child packs their school bag each evening, make sure that the homework is in its folder and that everything they’ll need is ready to go. On weekends, help them go through their backpack to remove unnecessary things and check the need for any new supplies.
- Offer Appreciation: Being organized isn’t easy for your child. Let them know you’re proud of their efforts. Being organized but not controlling is the key to a healthy environment for the child’s personality growth.
All work and no play make a person, less curious and intrigued by their work. Make sure the young minds get enough sleep and playtime within the organized schedule to help them and build their confidence.