Practice good organizational habits with your student to encourage academic planning and accountability.
Getting kids of all ages to practice good habits can be a challenge, but it is something that will serve them well for a long time.
You may find yourself asking:
“How are my kids managing their time?”
“Where is all their stuff?”
"How can I help my child get organized?"
Help your student get organized.
Here’s one method to help control the madness. It'll also help them to see the benefits of organizing their schoolwork, as well as their time.
Have your child pick out a calendar from the store, or print one off the internet. This latter option allows them to configure the calendar the way they’d like and decorate it as well.
Try - www.calendarpedia.com/2018-calendar-word-templates
Pick a place in the house to hang it up where everyone will be able to see it. Pick 1 or 2 days a week that you will meet consistently to review the calendar.
Use different color markers/pencils to identify different levels of urgency, different subjects, and/or in-school vs. out-of-school events. Let your child decide. Also, review with them what they think potential priorities might be.
Start by planning one week at a time – have your children share their calendar with their mentor as well.
Come up with a system for checking off completed tasks and set up a simple reward or recognition system that acknowledges their successes. Try - Secret handshakes, high fives, or for older kids, points towards time with friends, etc. Get creative and have fun with your rewards/celebration system
Give it a try and tell us what you think! Let us know how this method works for your child. If you have any routines or ways that you help your kids get organized, we’d love to hear them!
Add a comment below or send your feedback and suggestions to Trilogy’s Chief Learning Officer, Erika@trilogymentors.com