Many families search for ways to get into a new routine or to get back on track during the school year. Below are my top tips for creating and maintaining systems for your children at home and school.
- Assess your child(ren)’s time with the 24-hour wheel (attached).
- Choose a day of the week.
- Fill in the required hours of non-negotiable activities (sleep, school, commuting)
- Determine amount of time for meals, morning and bedtime routines, after school activities, homework, chores, etc.
- The amount remaining is the available free time that your family/child is able to spend for self-selected activities.
2. Choose an All-in-One Method. The All-in-One strategy creates 1 place to find items.
- Use a large basket (laundry or home storage unit) as a launching pad for each child. When the child gets home from school, everything goes in the launching pad—backpack, lunchbox, gym clothes, soccer cleats, phone, EVERYTHING. With your child, determine an organizing time-possibly after dinner, during homework, or right before bed to go through the items and clean out things that are not needed as well as to put in necessary items for the following day. The next morning, all items should be in that one place for you to dash out the door!
- Use a shower caddy or clear bin to create an all-in-one school supply station for each child. Place everything in the caddy/bin that your child will probably need during homework or study time. This station will lessen distractions and help your child to remain focused on the his/her assignment rather than finding a pencil, favorite pencil grip, USB cord, or the yellow crayon!
- Use a Master Binder to keep all work, assignment information, and loose notebook paper. I suggest
~Duo 7-Pocket Accordion File Binder: Amazon.com. An all-in-one binder that combines a 3-ring binder with an accordion folder.
~Case-it binders: caseit.com. An all-in-one master binder -the Dual-101 comes with two sets of rings.
3. Talk with your child about strategies and solutions for staying organized at school. Ask him/her to share ideas of how to stay better organized and what challenges he/she faces. Determine one or two key areas to focus on and communicate your plan with your child’s teacher(s). It is important for your family to come up with the plan and to reach out to the teacher for support of that plan. Don’t expect the teacher to devise the plan that will work for you. Your child’s organizational strategy should be personalized for your family.
Then, be patient with the process 🙂
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