Children get their work done more easily if they can manage their time and their environment.
Here are five great tips from experts and families to help you and your kids get organised for school.
1. Establish some routines
Set up a few simple routines in your home that make things more efficient. For example, teach your kids that the first thing they do when they come in the door is empty their bag of food and notes or newsletters.
2. Manage time
Talk to your kids regularly about planning how they use time for activities that need doing as well as down time.
A family organiser is a calendar that has a column for each family member to write in what they will be doing throughout the week. When families make use of this simple tool, planning, communication and organisation is easy. They are usually sold alongside regular calendars.
Providing whiteboards, pin boards or chalkboards in children's rooms or in the kitchen can also help the family to remember things and keep notes handy.
3. Five-minute focus
Help get your children into and out of their homework faster. Encourage your child to focus on what homework needs to be done and to make a list of tasks, such as their spelling homework and reading. Each task can be ticked off or crossed out when completed. Seeing things being achieved is rewarding and motivating.
4. Make a home study area
Kids can waste a lot of time looking for things they need to do to finish their homework - a pot of glue can make a huge difference to a household's harmony when a project is due. Try storing the following items at home:
- lots of blank and recycled paper
- pens, pencils, sharpener, glue, staplers, batteries, and a rubber
- a ruler
- a dictionary.
5. Praise good organisation
Praise your child's attempts to improve their organisation. Praise them for getting out of the house on time, taking their lunch box out of their bag, and finishing homework and assignments on time. It may appear to them that they are often criticised, so praising positive behaviour will encourage more of it.