With the school year rapidly approaching, itâs time to start thinking about preparing the kids for the daily grind again. As adults, weâre aware of the logistical strategies that come into play when it comes to organizing ourselves. However, as children, this is a skill that we acquire through time and guidance. Itâs important to remember that good habits are taught, and when it comes to teaching organizational skills, this is a character trait that will no doubt help our children succeed in all areas of life.
So, how can we help them when it comes to school and all of the responsibilities that come along with it? What I have found to be extremely helpful- is a designated hook and cubby for my children to keep their belongings. Whether it be at your front door, side door, or garage entrance, any wall space will suffice to hang some height appropriate hooks and bench seating allowing your little ones to be responsible for hanging their bags and storing their outdoor gear on their own. This way, they will always know where to find their knapsack and any possessions they may need.
By adding a whiteboard, corkboard or chalkboard to the area, you can create a âkids onlyâ calendar with dates that they need to be aware of. By updating it monthly and including any activities that might involve a change of clothes, or a special item that needs to be brought in, your child will be responsible for making sure that everything is packed accordingly. Remember to get them into the habit of preparing their knapsack the evening before in order to avoid any rushed surprises in the morning!
Giving our kids responsibility empowers them. Itâs a win, win situation! Reminders will be necessary along the way, but as the year progresses and our children develop, weâll no doubt see them start to transform into independent, responsible, organized individuals.