1. Prepare for the day ahead
Do as much as you can the night before in preparation for the next day. Lay out clothes, place backpacks and shoes at the door, and pack lunch bags.
2. Use checklists
Establish routines with the help of checklists. Create lists for homework, chores, nightly tasks, and more.
3. Organize notebooks
If your child responds to color cues, designate a specific colored notebook or folder for each subject. To ensure work is getting completed, designate a “to-do” folder and a “done” folder.
4. Organize papers at home
Create a filing system at home to collect homework, artwork, school, and sports information. Files can be purged at winter break and the end of the school year. Keep only what you treasure, and share some work with relatives. You can expect art pieces to deteriorate over time; therefore, you may want to consider preserving those treasures digitally rather than storing them physically.
5. Establish a study zone
Create a space with necessary supplies where homework will be completed. When choosing your location, consider keeping your child in sight in case he or she needs your assistance.
6. Use a timer
When it comes to homework, some kids are more productive working in 15 minute blocks of time and then taking a five minute rest. You can also use a timer to help kids get ready in the morning, clean up a room, or set boundaries on screen time.
7. Keep a Family Calendar
Use one calendar (paper or electronic) for the entire family’s activities. Keep a copy posted in a prominent place and encourage your kids to refer to it often. Fill the calendar with activities, games, school breaks, music lessons, etc. to help establish accountability skills.
8. Healthy Habits
Feed your child protein and cut down on sugar to provide the right fuel for him or her to work and be active. Getting a restful night of sleep is also important, so encourage night time habits that help your child wind down and prepare for sleep, such as disconnecting from all screens an hour before bedtime.