Help your child get into
the habit of keeping a "To Do" list. Use checklists to
post assignments, household chores, and reminders about
what materials to bring to class. Your child should be
writing down homework each day in the planners we give
out at school on the first day. Crossing completed
assignments off the list will give him/her a sense of
website from Scholastic will create a really neat
TO DO LIST
that you can fill out yourself and print in many
2. Organize Homework
Before beginning a
homework session, encourage your child to number
assignments in the order which they should be done. Your
child should start with one that's not too long or
difficult, but avoid saving the longest or hardest
assignments for last.
some TIME MANAGEMENT ORGANIZERS
which will aid you in managing
your time wisely!
3. Designate a Study
Your child should study in
the same place every night. This doesn't have to be a
bedroom, but it should be a quiet place with few
distractions. All school supplies and materials should
be nearby. If your child wants to study with you nearby
too, you'll be better able to monitor the progress and
encourage good study habits.
4. Set a Designated Study Time
Your child should know
that a certain time every day is reserved for studying
and doing homework. The best time is usually not right
after school. Most children benefit from time to unwind
first. Include your child in making this decision. Even
if he/she doesn't have homework, the reserved time
should be spent reviewing, practicing math facts, or
5. Keep Organized Binder and Folders
Help your child keep track
of papers by organizing them in a binder with labeled
folders. This will give easy access to review the
material for each day's class, and to prepare for tests
6. Conduct a Weekly Clean-up
Encourage your child to
sort through book bags and notebooks on a weekly basis.
Old worksheets and papers should be organized and kept
in a separate file at home.
7. Check Your Child's Binder and Folders
Although not on purpose,
sometimes children forget what is in their Take Home
folders. Please try to go through their backpacks and
check to make sure that they are writing down and
completing all assignments. Check their assignments for
accuracy, and that will help the process of organizing
what needs to be worked on. Checking up on your children
keeps them in check, so that they will be mindful that
this is something you want them to do, and will be
checking for at home, as well as my checking at school.
8. Keep a Master Calendar
Keep a large, wall sized
calendar for the house that lists the family's
commitments, schedules for extracurricular activities,
days off from school, and major events at home and
school. Note days when your child has big tests or due
dates for projects. This will help family members keep
track of each other's activities and avoid scheduling
My favorite are called
FAMILY or MOM CALENDARS .
These have spaces for each member of your
family to write in.
9. Prepare For The Day Ahead
Before your child goes to
bed, he should pack schoolwork and books in a book bag.
The next day's clothes should be laid out with shoes,
socks, and accessories. This will cut down on morning
confusion and allow your child to prepare quickly for
the day ahead.
10. Provide Needed Support While Your Child is
Learning to Become More Organized
Help your child develop
organizational skills by photocopying checklists and
schedules and taping them to the fridge. Gently remind
him/her about filling in calendar dates and keeping
papers and materials organized. Most important, set a