- Use concrete organizers to remedy! Put a hook or box by the front door with two heavy-duty folders on the wall. Label one "To do" and the other "Done." Teach the child to open the backpack the second she comes home, take out her homework assignments and put into "To do" folder, then hang backpack on the hook or in box.
The practice must become a routine (practice, practice, practice) until you no longer need to be your child's reminder.
Poor organizational skills are common with procrastinators who haven't formed a habit of writing things down. So they take extra time to find out what they were supposed to do, forget sports gear, or rely on others to remind them. Solutions:
- Hang a white board with days of week in a central location. Teach your child to write or draw reoccurring assignments on appropriate day (Mon: soccer; Tues: spelling test; adding new tasks (field trip on Thurs) as needed. Refer child to organizer daily "What do you need to do?" until your child gets in the habit.
- Use a date book or organizer. Older kids can transfer tasks into small date book with a page for each school day and store in the backpack and use alarm feature on cell phone or computer as chime reminder.