Organization & Time Management -- School
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|Tue, 08-21-2012 - 12:10pm|
OK, so we were talking about how to help our children learn to be organized, write things down, and plan, since otherwise, homework gets lost and projects don't get started until hours before they are actually due. (Too late!)
Both my kids had problems with that, but totally different problems.
For one, it was just getting the assignments home, and then after doing them, getting them back to school! Her problem melted away with a high school environment that specifically taught use of an accordian folder and they had a lot of structure.
The other had an actual course at Sylvan Learning Center at the time called "Organization and Time Management". Lists became her friends. She learned to use a planner and write everything down. I think it really helps to compensate for a weakness in, and even strengthen, what we call "Executive Function." The course was two times per week, and during the school year only (not during the summer - they need to use it during "real life" - so it is after school). It transformed her life, giving skills that she still uses over a decade later. I don't know if Sylvan Learning Centers still has courses like that, but I would definitely recommend looking into something like that if your own adolescent has an issue in that area.
It was the best-spent money, I think, of her entire young adolescence.