Helping kids to learn how to be organized is no easy task, especially when it comes to teenagers. They are splitting their time between school, homework, extra-curricular activities, and maybe even some time for a little bit of fun. Encouraging technology (high-tech and low-tech) as a way to stay organized can help not only help your child, but your entire family keep on top of day-to-day activities and lead to more success in school learning.
At home there needs to be a quiet homework or study area. This should be an area free of distractions like televisions or other electronics. School resources like pens, pencils, markers, a ruler, a calculator, and similar items should be at hand to make homework an easy transition after the child gets home from school.
As a parent, you should ask what the child has on their schedule, what they learned in school (and don’t accept ‘nothing’ as an answer), and if they need any help with projects or assignments. As part of this weekly routine, your child should organize their assignments. Set up a file to leave at home assignments that are no longer current or needed in the backpack on a day-to-day basis. This will help in the organization process.
Apple products have an integrated Calendar and Reminders feature. The new version of the Calendar would let a user add events and activities to the calendar, include the title of the activity, date, time, alerts, and invitees. This would be great to schedule events like sports practices, dentist appointments, and night-time school activities. It is not as easy to use for a school-based agenda to write homework but could be used in lieu of a home calendar. Reminders allows you to make quick to-do list. The user can add items to the list and then check them off as they are completed. The reminders can be organized by the date and can be synced to your Apple Calendar or Microsoft Outlook.
Staying organized is an important tool to be successful in school. Helping your child to learn to be organized and providing them with the appropriate tools can help them reach their learning and personal goals.
Article By Laura Ketcham-VanHellemont
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