Trapper, Messenger Bag, Pack Mule?

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Registered: 01-25-2007
Trapper, Messenger Bag, Pack Mule?
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Sat, 10-23-2010 - 8:08am

O.K.

We are surviving 7th grade and it's 3 to 4 hours a night of homework:smileytongue: rather well all things considered. Ds was even selected for TAG this year and is managing to keep up with the work there and make up his missed work with no meltdowns in school and very few at home. The big issue we are facing is organization. We've tried binders, trappers, spiral notebooks, color coded folders, backpacks and messenger bags. Short of adding a pack mule or a house elf (who wouldn't love a Dobby?) to his IEP, I am at a loss as to how to keep this kid organized. The teachers have been very understanding but it adds a level of stress to my life that I just don't need right now. So I guess the question is what style notebook/backpacks work best for you? The backpack/messenger bag keeps him from losing pencils, books and calculators but lets him just shove papers in that invariable get lost in the new and improved blackhole that comes with this years' model. If we go without the backpack, then he spends half his day retracing his steps to collect whatever it is that he left in his last classroom. I would like to find a solution that he owns rather than having teachers do it for him. A few extra moments before the end of class maybe to file things in the right folder? Any great ideas ladies?

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Registered: 01-25-2007
Sun, 10-24-2010 - 6:16am

He does have that kind of zipper binder, but he also has the messenger bag. Maybe both are too much? I saw one online that is a little larger than the one he has, but it comes with a handle and shoulder strap. It's only $24, which is less than we paid for the current binder. Maybe he can lose the messenger bag altogether and just go with the larger binder with shoulder strap. He is supposed to have a set of books at school and at home so he doesn't need to carry those back and forth. A second set of folders for old papers sounds like it may help reduce the visual clutter so he can actually find what he's looking for.

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Sat, 10-23-2010 - 5:49pm

We had this exact problem in middle school. I finally let Victor own his own organization style and he chose the 5 star notebooks with a file folder inside it. There are holders for pencils and pens as well as a neat pocket on the front for his calculator. He has one file for each class with an additional folder inside his notebook for homework to be turned in. Once he does it, it goes into that folder. He also makes sure he labels each assignment as such

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Registered: 10-03-2004
Sat, 10-23-2010 - 3:17pm

We have a large binder with tabs and pockets that zip and folders that expand for each subject.