Now that the school year is well underway, it’s time to take organization seriously if you haven’t already. If we teach our kids how to keep their rooms (and lives) tidy, they’ll stick with those habits for the rest of their lives. Keep in mind: kids learn by example, so you’ll want to work to stay organized yourself if you intend to pass those habits along. Here are some ways you can help kids keep their backpacks and homework organized.
1. Color coding
One tip that always comes in handy for organization is color-coding. This is especially helpful for older children who have multiple classes. It’s good for them to have a separate folder for each class and assign each class a different color according to the folder color. Then you can also put a coordinating color textbook cover on, or colored stickers so that your student will always have the right materials for the right class.
2. Create a checklist
Instead of having several Post-It notes with tasks that can get easily lost, help your child create one list of their daily or weekly homework tasks. Hang it up at their homework station so they can see what tasks they have and check off each one as it gets finished. Your child will get a feeling of satisfaction as they cross off items from their list and be determined to complete the list. You also won’t have to constantly remind them of the big projects they have coming up!
3. Have a homework station
It’s a great idea to have one space in the house designated to doing homework, because kids will always know where to keep their homework and things for school. Kids should have a desk with school supplies and a drawer or folder for homework and each morning or night they can grab their homework from the folder so it never goes missing again. Smart Playrooms is a company based in Westchester, NY and Connecticut that designs custom homework centers for kids to help them focus on their schoolwork.
4. Daily cleaning
When you let things get messy and papers pile up, cleaning and organizing becomes a huge chore that no one wants to deal with. If your child spends 10 minutes each day cleaning out his backpack then the mess won’t get out of hand. Help him decide which papers are important and put them away in a folder, and toss out any old papers that are no longer needed. If he has half a sandwich from lunch left over in his bag, toss it out before it gets forgotten at the bottom of his book bag.
Guest Blog By Lisa Paul Heydet of ZizzyBee Bags
At ZizzyBee, we believe children bring fun and whimsy to our lives…along with the need for organization of hundreds of teeny, tiny little toy parts. And like most moms, we believe it is important to keep organized while using products for our children that are safe, washable, well designed, and practical. With this in mind, full-time single mom and entrepreneur Lisa Paul Heydet, saw a need and created ZizzyBee Bags.™
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