Spring is a good time to get kids organized
BY AMY MORRISIt's never too late to start organizing for school. With spring begins the countdown to the end of the school year; and for many middle and high school students that also means cumulative final exams are looming in the not-too-distant future.
How many times have we heard:
- I left my assignment at home. Can you bring it to school.
- Can you drive me back to school. I left my book in my locker.
- My grade is low because I forgot to hand in the assignment; I didn't write down the assignment properly; or I lost the assignment.
Start guiding your student in the right direction to achieve organization so that he will reap the benefits, including: less stress, more free time, greater efficiency, increased productivity and better grades. Ultimately, all these factors and more will afford your student a greater sense of
accomplishment and independence now and throughout his academic years and life.
Talk to your student about his preparedness for year-end exams and projects. Here are some organizational tips - spring is a great time to get it done:
- Use a planner or date book to note upcoming assignments, test dates, appointments, club meetings, etc.
- Organize homework space.
- Sort and file school papers and notes for ready reference at exam time.
- Organize computer files.
- Clean out backpack.
Help students help themselves by sharing the benefits of time management and organization.
Amy Morris, a single Boca Raton mom of two active teenagers, is the founder of GotFamilyGetOrganized.com, an online tool for organizing all the details of your family's life, and author of Got Kids? Get Organized! Read more about Amy and read her blog on her website.