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Being organized is the number one skill that will lead to your children’s academic success in school. You will need to start developing organizational skills in your children when they begin kindergarten. A big part of this lies in establishing daily routines.
What your children do to get themselves ready for school each day and to handle assignments should increase at each level until they are doing everything without any parental reminders.
Here is a list of organizational skills children need to acquire when they first start school:
• Bringing home their school bag daily. • Showing school bag contents to you or another caregiver. • Putting everything that must be signed and returned to the classroom in the school bag after homework is completed or before going to bed. • Keeping the school bag in the same spot every day. • Being aware of any projects that must be worked on. Your child should know when the project is due. (Projects can range from bringing something for show-and-tell or Star of the Week boards during the early years to doing research for book reports or three-paneled projects in the upper elementary grades.) • Select clothing to be worn the next day with their parents before bedtime.
Having your child become responsible for this part of his or her life is a good way to instill personal discipline and get them into daily habits that will help the school year run more smoothly.
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