Now that our kids are back in school for a few months, the disorganization is beginning to settle in. So we thought, let’s gather some simple and practical tools to get back on track. We all know when your kids have an organized homework area and backpack, we’re all so much happier and less stressed!
Make a List
By creating checklists reminding your child what to bring with them and by helping them create to-do lists that break down their assignments for the week, we provide a terrific tool for our kids to easily tackle the stress of assignments. Psychology Today shows that making lists can even increase creativity and reduce anxiety. Making lists is a great first step to helping your child get organized.
Make sure your child has a designated study space
Learning does not stop in the classroom. Numerous studies have found that completing assignments in a study space that is consistent is crucial for maximum learning and information retention. Giving your child the freedom of personalizing their study space can make for a fun activity, and having the space can help keep them focused. Healthy learning habits begin at home, and creating an area where your child feels comfortable and productive is a perfect place to begin.
Keep a Planner
One of the best ways to stay organized in school is by keeping a planner. Studies have shown that keeping planners can even improve focus and memory. Writing down notes, assignments, and events all in one place can help your child easily navigate through their tasks. A way to get your child excited about using planners is by having them write down not just their assignments and tasks, but also the things they are excited for. Having a defined spot for keeping goals and assignments in check is a great way to help your child get organized.
Spending ample time searching for the right materials at home and school can be frustrating. By creating labels on drawers, backpacks, and other school related items, your child will have a much easier time finding the exact materials they need to be productive. Also, putting your child’s name on the things they take to school is crucial for making sure they come home with the same amount of materials they had when they left the house. One of our 2018 NAPPA Award winners are these great label packs from Mabel’s Labels.
Have them make their bed in the mornings
Making your bed is such a seemingly insignificant task that many of us feel isn’t worth doing. By completing this simple task in the morning though, it can motivate your child throughout the day. According to Navy Seal Vice Admiral William McRaven, having your child make their bed can give them a sense of accomplishment early in the morning, therefore stimulating them to complete more daily tasks and to stay organized. Also, coming home to a freshly made bed and clean room sets the tone for organization in other aspects of their life.
Help your child pack their backpack the night before
If you’re like us, you know the stress of rushing out for work while trying to help your child get ready for school. Preparing as much as you can the night before, whether it be a lunchbox, a backpack, or outfits for your little ones, will help decrease the amount of morning stress put on you and your family. Also, it helps your child be more prepared and organized throughout the day. It is much easier to remember every item needed for school when prepared the night before, so your child will not have to worry about missing anything during their day at school.