Getting kids ready to go back to school means more than stocking up on school
Help them get organized and be independent.
Step 1: Start with a Planner
Find a planner that offers month-at-a glance followed by the corresponding weeks-at-a-glance. On the week-at-a-glance pages, each day should have spaces to write down assignments for multiple subjects.
Use the month-at-a-glance pages to write down dates of tests and quizzes and due dates for long-term projects. Use the week-at-a-glance pages to write down nightly assignments and check them off as they are completed.
Make sure that the planner is sturdy – no risk of pages tearing or the cover getting mangled. Choose one with a reinforced binding and strong cover.
Step 2: Binders and Spirals
Get a sturdy binder with color-coded dividers or spiral notebooks in a variety of colors. Assign one color to each school subject. A binder usually works better because pages can be added easily when teachers give handouts, but some schools do insist on notebooks.
If you opt for a binder, attach a three-hole punch so that you can file papers right away.
Step 3: Finish with Folders
Get sturdy folders that are color-coded to match the binder or notebooks. Laminated or plastic folders offer the best durability. If math is the red binder divider, then math is the red folder; if history is the green notebook, then history is the green folder; and so on.
After a couple of weeks of being consistent, checking the folders will become a habit – a healthy habit that keeps everyone organized and independent!
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At the start of a new school year, kids often need help navigating new expectations and recalling and applying what they’ve previously learned so that they can settle confidently into the year. By making sure that they’re organized from day one, you remove a significant hurdle and support their success. By making the system as easy to follow as possible, they don’t have to stop to figure out what to do if they feel overwhelmed in a particular moment. The system has them covered!