How Important is Student Organization?
Student organization can be the most challenging thing to implement in homeschooling, but the fact is kids need organization. Not only do they need organization, they need to be taught how to be organized. So how important is student organization? It is essential!
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How To Implement Student Organization
There are many ways to help your child stay organized. First, you must set them up for success and teach them how to be and stay organized. I recommend making this a simple task because if it is too difficult, your child will not continue to stay organized.
Second, pick different colors for each of your children and color code everything. This will help your child keep their school supplies and books together.
Then, find an organizational system that works well for your child. Some children respond well to the Workbox System. My children responded well to binder organization. I bought each of my children a different color binder. I tore out all their workbook pages they need for the year and hole punched them and stuck them into their binder. This way the first day of school, they know all their work for the whole year is in their binder. I make sure to separate each subject with a page divider and label it with that subject. This is an easy system to teach your child. They will be able to look in their binder, find their subject they are working on, and turn to it and pull out their pages for that assignment. Make sure to check out my blog post: Binder Instructions.
What If I have A Special Needs Child
I learned early on, having a special needs child can be challenging when it comes to organization skills. When you have a neuro -atypical brain, your wiring is not as fluid as a neuro-typical brain. That is why teaching and assisting your child with organization is key! They will consistently need help at the beginning until they form correct pathways in their brains to keep their school things organized. Color coding everything can also help with this. They will be able to recognize their things when they are given a color. In the end, your student will be less overwhelmed and feel more in control of their things. It takes practice, but they can be successful too.
How To Reinforce Organization
Children of all ages need to feel they are doing a good job. They may like positive words or praise. They may like to pick a special prize if they meet that goal. Either way, it is important to keep your child on track with organization and to communicate they are doing a great job. They will be more likely to keep up with the organization.
Also, periodically check in with your child and see how they feel their organization is doing. If you need to adjust the system, it is easier to do it sooner then later. Remember Strategies Can Improve Your Homeschool Year.
I wish you the best of luck this upcoming year! Remember, take it One Year At A Time!
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Laurie Shaw is the founder of Strategic Homeschooling And More. She founded the website to help families utilize strategies to help them in school and through thier lives.
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