Organization & Time Management -- School

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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.


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Mon, 08-27-2012 - 3:21pm

My son has issues like them both, remembering assignments, when they are do and turning them in.  We've tried planners in the past, just doesn't help if he doesn't write anything down!  I'll have to look into some type of course like your daughter took if he doesn't get this figured out soon.  My MIL was asking me if he had thought of what college he'd like to go to, and I just wanted to respond that I'm more worried about getting him through high school at this point!  

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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 3:20pm
I wanted to ask if you monitored them as they worked on learning organizational skills. We are at the point that we'll be checking our son's binder every night, along with his planner, to make sure that he is properly using both. I'm going to be doing the same thing with my twins since they just started middle school, just to get them off on the right track. I'm just curious how long it's going to take before it finally sinks in!

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 10:07am

Just a guess - plan on 6 months of the school year until it is ingrained and this is just the way they do it. Yes monitor, especially at first... imo.... and then taper off the monitoring as much as possible as the year goes on.  I was so relieved... by the following year, the older one was so much more independent!!!   For the younger one, all the checking was done at school, and I did not have to check at home.


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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 11:51am
Thanks for the input! So far it's going well although we have only been in school about a week. I was beyond excited to see that his Algebra teacher has very strict requirements on how they organize their binder and notebook, and she will be doing weekly checks on both!! Any incentive he needs to keep organized is a bonus in my book.