A day planner or organizer is essential for any well-prepared student. The trick is teaching your child how to use it. Show your child how to write down daily assignments (and cross them off when completed), and make note of special events and projects. The goal here is to ensure that due dates never sneak up on them. Help your child learn to plan ahead by encouraging them to set “internal” project due dates.
By scheduling a personal deadline two days earlier than the classroom deadline, you help eliminate stress and last minute scrambling. (And as a parent, you don’t want to find yourself hot gluing sequins on a project at midnight the day before it’s due.)
The planner isn’t just for homework, either. By including an extracurricular activity schedule, you and your child can sit down and evaluate whether those activities are diverting too much energy from academics. Discuss the benefits of each activity. Is it something the child enjoys? Is it something that helps develop valuable life skills? If the answer to both questions is “no,” consider scaling back or eliminating the activity. If the activity is important, find ways to realign and reassign time to create a better balance between school and play. Academics should always be a priority.
Your child’s planner should travel back and forth in the newly organized backpack. Check it each night to make sure your child is using it correctly. Adjust as needed.
Buy a planner for your child to write down assignments, projects, and activities. Prioritize activities to create more study time. Eliminate activities as necessary.