As a parent, your job is to teach your kids the organizing skills that will allow them to succeed as adults. That includes study skills — setting up a conducive environment for learning, providing the proper supplies, and helping your kids learn how to focus fully on the task at hand.
stay in touch with teachers so you know what is going on at school
read the teacher’s comments on graded assignments
make sure your child understands homework assignments
meet with the teacher early in the year before problems arise
cooperate with the teacher to work out a plan to solve any problems
follow up with teacher to make sure child is improving in weak areas
give your child the proper supplies to complete all assignments
understand and respect your child’s style of learning
give your child a calendar or assignment book
give your child a book bag and folders to organize school supplies
color code each class — blue for math, green for science, etc.
keep schoolwork in order with two-pocket pronged folders
left side for “assignments to complete”
right side for “homework to turn in”
middle prongs for schedules, supply lists, and reference
set aside a large work area where your child can spread out
make sure there is adequate lighting and a comfortable seat
locate your center away from noise and distractions
set up a box for supplies and stacking trays for extra paper
include a dictionary, thesaurus, and other convenient reference
dry erase or bulletin board for notes, reminders, and planning
set a timer to help your child stay on track
set aside scheduled time each day for homework
know what your child’s homework assignments are
know how long each assignment should take
how to schedule and prioritize to get assignments done in time
play, TV, and friends only come after homework is completed
limit the number of extra-curricular activities at one time
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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and RamonaCreel.com.
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