Helping Kids Get Organized For School

Helping Kids Get Organized For School

Keeping track of schoolwork and extra-curricular activities can be tough on kids and parents alike. While most kids will happily coordinate school outfits, few will be as conscientious in organizing homework and supplies. “Organization is crucial to academic success and reduces a whole family’s stress level,” says Kyley Reed, product manager for Five Star, a leading brand of school supplies and organizing tools. “It’s important to get kids, especially teens, to create their own systems for organizing schoolwork. No two students stay organized the same way, so it’s vital they participate in the process.” {{more}}Whether keeping track of class assignments or compiling resources for extracurricular activities, students have dozens of documents to organize, along with their own ways of doing it. Here are some tips to help: * Consider the order of classes and encourage your child to use supplies accordingly. Instead of lugging around three notebooks each morning, consider consolidating to one product that has three different sections. Be sure to find products with pockets or other methods of storing loose papers and handouts. * Ask children to gather insights from older friends who may have taken the same courses. Does a math class involve lots of hand-in assignments? Then a binder may be better than a folder for collating materials. Does history class involve handouts and handwritten notes? Then hybrid products like the Five Star Flex Hybrid NoteBinder might be a good fit, as it offers the best features of a notebook and binder in one, and takes up less room in backpacks. * Think beyond the classroom. If your child will be completing homework en route to practices or games, or while waiting on a sibling, it’s important to have easily transportable school supplies. Look for binders that are less bulky but contain features like storage pockets and attached expanding files. * Buy supplies that support individual strengths. Most students learn by hearing, seeing or doing. Visual learners enjoy color-coded notes. Audio learners may benefit from recording class lectures on an MP3 player, so make sure their supplies can keep up. For example, Five Star’s Tech Zipper Binder has a special pouch to keep notes and gadgets together. * A student planner and dry-erase board are good ideas for coordinating school and extra curricular activities, but if your whole family is wired, consider an Internet or smartphone application with a shared family calendar. * Don’t overlook non-traditional supplies that help students succeed. For example, if your child dreads research papers, consider software to help, such as Builder Research Paper Edition from Mead . It helps students plan, organize and write better research papers using a step-by-step guide, from planning a schedule and establishing a thesis to creating an outline and writing the paper. For more ideas for organizational systems and school supplies, visit www.meadfivestar.com. Good organization can reduce student anxiety and parental nagging — something sure to promote family peace.