Life is busy. There are so many things we want—or need—to do, so at Azawhistle we’re always looking for ways to keep on top of things. Right now it’s back to school season, so do yourself a favor: stay organized. We want to help, so we’ve gathered some tips to help you and your child transition out of summer and make sure you both have a successful year.
1. Make sure they use their planner.
For your sanity and theirs, writing homework assignments and important dates down is the best way to stay on top of things. If your student consistently forgets to write down their assignments, don’t be afraid to ask your child’s teacher to check on them before the end of the day.
Remember, teachers are there to help, and if your child doesn’t know their assignment, your options are limited to calling another parent.
Lastly, if your school doesn’t provide a planner, or the planner they provide doesn’t work well for your child, there are tons of fun and cheap options at stores like Target.
2. Establish a routine for each day.
Routines might not sound fun, but they are essential to getting things done, especially for kids who are involved in a lot of activities. Create a schedule that shows them what chores and activities they have to accomplish everyday, and let them know when they are allowed (and how much time they have) to play on the computer or watch TV.
It’s important to explain the routine, but also to make a chart that you can keep in the kitchen, preferably one that allows them to track what they need to do. In addition to making your life easier, sticking with a routine will allow your student to internalize what they need to do, which helps create good studying habits later in life.
3. Keep school subjects separate. An easy but very important way to help your child manage their schoolwork is to give everything a proper place. By dedicating a notebook and folder (or a notebook with built in pockets!) to each subject, you will lessen the chance that handouts or returned homework will be put in the wrong place or lost. Clearly label these materials with your student and color-code them when possible.
4. Create a workspace at home.
Give them an area to do their school work in somewhere in the house. This area can be as basic as a desk, or you can add a bookshelf and more. If you can, avoid doing this in the bedroom so they can be supervised, and not temped to take a nap instead. Try to keep the workspace dedicated to just to school materials. Everything they need will be in one place, which means you won’t lose time searching for crayons and they won’t get distracted.
5. Pack in the evening.
Eliminate the rush morning rush and ensure that your student doesn’t leave home without the materials they need by getting ready in the evening. Before they go to bed, ask them to put everything in their backpack, and do a quick check before they scamper away. If you can, dedicate a space near the door for their things in a way that doesn’t clutter up your home.