Q:

How can I help my young elementary school age children develop good organizational skills? -- Gaining Skills

A:

Organization skills often make a significant difference in how well children do in school. Once developed, just like any other skill, they must be practiced continually. The following are some basic organizational skills that you need to start implementing to get your elementary school children started on the road to being organizational wizards:

  • -Always use words like "first," "next," "after" and "finally" to teach your children sequencing skills.
  • -Use a calendar so children can clearly see what the day's activities for a week are. Go over the next day's activities at the same time every day. This is also the time to add activities.
  • -Teach your children to tell time, and set times when they need to be ready for school and other activities. A timer can be set to give them a five-minute warning before they need to be ready to do something.
  • -Planners for students are like playbooks for coaches. Every student definitely needs one to write down what must be done. Then they can check off what has been accomplished. In this way, the worry of forgetting something essential that needs to be completed is eliminated.
  • -Develop with your children a system for bringing papers home and back to school. For young children, a folder for homework, a folder for work done at school and one for taking notes and permission slips back to school works. Older students can use subject folders. All should go in a backpack.
  • -Every day at the same time, look at all the papers your children bring home from school with them. Together you can throw out nonessential papers and file any that need to be kept.
  • -Nightly before your children begin their homework, help them learn how to prioritize what needs to be done first, next and last.
  • -Finally, always praise your children as they acquire organizational skills.