How to Organize Your Child for a More Productive School Year

Fall is here, and with it comes the start of a new school year. It’s easy to be organized at the beginning of the year, when uniforms are new, supplies are fresh and kids are excited, but as time goes on, that excitement wanes—and your child’s productivity may drop.

Here are some tips to help keep your child organized:

  • Start young. Even the youngest child can learn to put things away. Help kids sort through their backpacks so they learn what to file and what to toss. Consider giving each child a big storage box to save artwork and other papers.
  • Create a routine. Kids thrive on structure. Snack time first, then homework before playtime.
  • Create a central calendar to keep track of your family. A colour-coded calendar works great. Just assign each member of the family a different colour, and write down his or her activities in colour-coded ink.
  • Provide an adequate work area. Consider using a "homework station," a portable zone to stow all necessary supplies. That way, you won’t have to scramble to find a pencil, eraser or glue.
  • Make organization fun. Let your child choose colourful notebooks, portfolios or locker supplies to help them stay on track.
  • Set a good example. It's not likely that your kids will see the need for organization if your bedroom or home office looks like a tornado swept through it.
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