Being organized can make facing various life challenges easier – or at least possible😀 Organization hacks help me to be more productive, and surprisingly more creative as well. So I definitely use some tricks to help my Daughter keep schoolwork organized 😊
Organizational skills are often associated with executive functions, a set of cognitive processes that include working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control. According to a study published in the journal “Child Development”
children with well-developed executive functions, including organizational skills, tend to perform better academically.
Another study, published in the journal “Frontiers in Psychology” (Best, Miller, & Jones, 2009) highlights the connection between executive functions and adaptive behavior:
children who develop strong organizational skills may be more adaptable and resilient in the face of challenges, contributing to their overall success.
Teaching kids organizational skills is crucial for several reasons, as it lays the foundation for their future success in various aspects of life.
And anyway, schoolwork really needs to get organized, so why not use it to teach our Little (and not so little) Ones some organization skills? 😁
How to Keep Schoolwork Organized?
- Introduce a Kid-Friendly Planner:
- Provide your child with a colorful and engaging planner or use digital tools designed for children to help them record assignments, deadlines, and important dates. Make it a fun activity to update it regularly together.
- Teach Prioritization Skills:
- Help your child understand the importance of prioritizing tasks. Guide them in identifying high-priority assignments and encourage them to tackle those first to manage their workload effectively.
- Create a To-Do List Together:
- Collaborate with your child to create a daily or weekly to-do list. Breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable steps can make it easier for kids to grasp and accomplish.
- Set Up an Organized Study Space:
- Establish a dedicated and organized study space for your child. This can be a quiet corner in their room or a designated area in a common space. Having a consistent study spot helps promote focus.
- Work together to establish a quiet and distraction-free study environment. Consider turning off unnecessary notifications on devices during study time to enhance focus.
- Teach Organization of Materials:
- Guide your child in keeping notebooks, textbooks, and materials neatly organized. Introduce the use of folders or binders for different subjects to help them avoid misplacing important papers.
- Add Some Color to Notes:
- Encourage your child to use color-coding in their notes and assignments. Associating specific colors with different subjects or tasks can make information visually appealing and easier to remember.
- Encourage Regular Reviews:
- Foster a habit of regular review with your child. Set aside dedicated time each week to go over notes, assignments, and upcoming tasks. This helps reinforce learning and keeps your child aware of deadlines.
- Organize the Backpack Together:
- Help your child regularly clean out their backpack. Removing unnecessary items and organizing papers can prevent clutter and make it easier for them to find what they need.
- Last week I found some grapes in her backpack… Grapes. In the bottom. So I really recommend it to take regular checks seriously 😅
- Establish a Homework Routine:
- Help your child develop a consistent homework routine. Set a specific time each day dedicated to homework, ensuring it aligns with their energy levels and attention span. Establishing a routine creates a predictable schedule, making it easier for your child to transition into “homework mode” and maintain focus. This can also help instill a sense of responsibility and discipline.
- Encourage Short Breaks:
- Recommend the practice of taking short breaks during study sessions. Suggest that your child incorporates breaks to stretch, grab a healthy snack, or engage in a quick physical activity. Short breaks can help rejuvenate their focus and prevent burnout, making their study time more efficient and enjoyable.
Designing a Kid-Friendly Workspace
No matter if you are homeschooling your kids, or they are attending an institution, a designated workspace is definitely needed for them. A well-designed and organized workspace not only enhances concentration but also cultivates a positive attitude towards schoolwork.
Here are some tips to design a space that supports your child’s learning:
- Choose a Quiet Area:
- Select a quiet area in your home where your child can work without disruptions. This could be a corner in their room, a designated study nook, or a spot in a common area that is away from high traffic.
- Provide Adequate Lighting:
- Ensure there is sufficient lighting in the workspace. Natural light is ideal, but if that’s not possible, use bright, warm-colored LED lights. Good lighting reduces eye strain and promotes alertness.
- Use Kid-Friendly Furniture:
- Select furniture that is appropriately sized for your child. Use a comfortable chair and a desk or table at the right height to support good posture. Consider adding cushions or a small rug for added comfort.
- Incorporate Color and Personalization:
- Introduce bright and cheerful colors to make the space visually appealing. Allow your child to personalize the workspace with their artwork, drawings, or motivational posters. This helps create a sense of ownership.
- Organize Supplies:
- Keep school supplies neatly organized within reach. Use storage solutions like bins, baskets, or desktop organizers to store pencils, papers, notebooks, and other materials. This promotes a clutter-free and efficient workspace.
- Include Educational Tools:
- Integrate educational tools such as a whiteboard, corkboard, or chalkboard. These tools can be used for brainstorming, jotting down reminders, or displaying important information.
- Create a Reading Nook:
- If possible, include a cozy reading nook with a comfortable chair or bean bag. A dedicated reading area encourages a love for reading and provides a break from more formal study.
- Minimize Distractions:
- Remove unnecessary distractions from the workspace. Keep electronic devices away if they are not needed for homework. Consider using noise-canceling headphones if there are external noises.
- Include Plants and Nature:
- Add a touch of nature by incorporating indoor plants or small potted flowers. Plants can contribute to a calming atmosphere and improve air quality.
- Allow Flexibility:
- Design the workspace to be adaptable. Allow your child to rearrange elements if needed. This flexibility can make the space more conducive to different types of activities.
- Technology Integration:
- Integrate technology as needed, but be mindful of screen time. Ensure that computers or tablets are set up in a way that promotes good posture, and consider using parental controls to manage screen time.
- Establish a Homework Storage System:
- Create a system for storing completed homework, textbooks, and school-related papers. This helps keep the workspace organized and prevents important documents from getting lost.
I hope you found our tips practical and easily adaptable, that will help you keep your kids’ schoolwork organized while managing the bustling rhythm of family life!