3 Simple Tips for Organization of This School Year

The beginning of the school year can be a stressful time for both parents and students. Between back-to-school shopping and adapting to new schedules, it’s easy to feel like you are trying to catch up more than prepare for the new school year. Organization is key to starting the school year on the right foot.  I used to keep a box that I would dump all of their re-usable school supplies in June and then we would sort through it to see what we already had before we bought out Staples, Target, etc. with the arm length list that had been given to us by the teacher-to-be.  Then we would dutifully trudge off to the store to fulfill the remaining requirements.  Sometimes, the bright new shiny school toys got my 3 kids excited about school….sometimes not!

1. Binders are essential to an organized backpack

Have you ever opened your child’s backpack only to find crumpled, loose papers and no organization system? Binders are essential to imposing order on this chaos, especially if a different binder is used for each school subject or a hardback, on-inch to one-and-a-half inch binder with multiples tabs to separate notes, homework, handouts, tests and quizzes along with extra paper.  The goal here folks, is for your students to be able to find their past papers to study from or show a tutor.

Regular cleanout of materials is also suggested; papers that are no longer needed can be filed (Again with the cardboard box that I would just put them in throughout the year) at home to keep the binder light. On the other hand, lightweight alternatives to binders—such as accordion folders—can be helpful if your child doesn’t have a locker to lighten his backpack load during the day.

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2. Planners are lifesavers for staying on track

When it comes to keeping track of homework assignments, test dates, field trips, soccer games, and any other important deadlines, a planner is the best tool for keeping all of this information handy and in one place. If your child’s school doesn’t provide planners, you should purchase one for him. Work with your student to get in the habit of writing down every assignment, quiz or test date, practice or rehearsal time, etc.  This is vital information also if your student is working with a tutor.

3. Prepare the night before

The morning rush adds a lot of stress to your daily routine, so getting organized the night before is a good habit to instill in your child. If your son has homework due the next day, make sure he places it in his binder the night before. He should also double-check that he has enough paper and supplies for the next day. Preparation the night before not only results in less frantic mornings, but also reduces the chance that something is left at home.
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