Help your child stay organized this school year

Good organizational habits will come in handy throughout your child’s life!

Staying organized actually involves a few different skills, including time management and tidiness. Remember that these abilities don’t come naturally to many of us, and your child will likely need guidance, practice, and reinforcement to build them. 

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can help them along the way, from creating an effective study space to keeping track of their to-do list. 

Create a study space together

When your child has ownership over their study area, they’ll feel more inclined to keep it orderly, and ultimately get more learning done! 

Creating a few organizational systems together is a great way to start. For example, you can use these fun activities to make a file caddy or a notebook stash to store all of their necessary school papers and binders. By having a designated space for these items, complete with your child’s own artistic flare, your child will feel empowered to keep their space neat.

If your child’s preferred study zone tends to move around, you can also make this fun homework caddy kit together. This kit will help their traveling desk feel more like a cohesive workspace, with all the tools they need for success.

Wherever your child’s study space may be, getting them involved in the set up will help them to use it to the fullest.

Homework trackers

There are several ways that students can organize their daily homework tasks!

A magnet board can help your child visualize how homework fits into the rest of their day, which is especially helpful for young learners. Also, daily or weekly to-do lists are a great way to organize the tasks your child still needs to complete. You can even use seasonally themed to-do lists for fall, winter, spring, and summer to help mark time throughout the year.

For older students who have a few more assignments on their plate, printable homework planners can help them keep track.

Regardless of your child’s age, encourage them to take a moment and celebrate as each task is completed. This will help to build the satisfaction of checking items off their list! 

Planning with a calendar

One awesome time-management strategy is to take a large task and break it down into smaller steps. If your child has a school project ahead, it’s a great time to put this strategy into practice! 

Here’s how:

  • Start with a calendar, and mark the date the project is due. Ask your child, “What day would it be safer to be finished?” This helps your child build in a little wiggle room for the  unexpected.
  • Brainstorm all the ways this project can be broken down into smaller chunks—by topic, by chapter, by theme, etc.
  • Prioritize those chunks and put them in chronological order.
  • Place these on your calendar. Sticky notes help are a great way to do this, in case things need to be moved around!
  • Check in during the project and move your sticky notes if necessary.

When the project is done, be sure to reflect on how it went together. This helps to set the groundwork for the next project, and adjust the organization process accordingly if needed.

And remember: It’s important to schedule some fun time too! Downtime is very important for kids, and marking these activities within the same calendar can help them to stay energized and motivated.

Prepping for the day

It’s best to get ready for each day the night beforehand! This helps to start each new day on the right foot. Helping your kids to build this healthy habit will surely pay off in the long run.

Start by establishing a routine that backpacks should be packed up each night. For young learners who may need assistance doing this on their own, try this fun backpack map activity. With some guidance and practice, your child will learn how to pack their bag all on their own!

You can also help your child to visualize the day ahead with this scheduling activity. When they know what’s on their schedule, they’ll be more mentally prepared for the day. 

Want even more parenting tips and tricks? Check out our full parent guides for each grade level on our back-to-school resources page.