Believe it or not, the new school year is just a few weeks away! It is time to start preparing for the transition from laid back summer days to new routines and schedules. Be sure and include your children throughout the process to ensure these tips and guidelines will be met with success.
- Make a checklist for all the school supplies needed for the school year.
Typically schools provide a list of recommended school supplies. Be sure to take your list with you when you go shopping. Each child should be responsible for shopping for his/her own supplies. Make this a family trip. Create a place near where your children do their homework, to store all the school supplies.
- Create a system for school papers and artwork.
Artwork and papers can quickly flood an entire surface. Set up your system before the first day of school. Not every piece of paper can or should be kept that arrives home from school. Set up a bulletin board or a special place in your home to celebrate each week’s best work. Either toss the rest, file what is important, or store the work in a tub that will need to be purged at the end of the year. Consider taking a picture of the artwork or school projects. A good rule of thumb is to keep no more than 10 pieces that best represent that year.
- Plan meals ahead of time.
Prevent emergency grocery runs by planning ahead! Review school lunch rules and guidelines. Keep the pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy choices. Meet with your children to plan lunch and dinner ideas for the month. You can print off a free month-at-a-glance calendar on our website at www.simplicity-organizers.com/resources.
- Create new routines.
Routines help establish security and confidence in a child’s life. Regular schedules provide a framework that allows children to learn how to manage their time. Children thrive with structure. It is important that children understand what is expected. Effective routines help keep a family organized.
- Organize the backpack, work area, and bedroom.
Backpacks are very helpful for storing and carrying school supplies. Before organizing your backpack, make sure it is completely cleaned out from the previous year. Be sure to stock backpacks with the necessary school supplies. Assign each compartment of the backpack so that nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
Every child needs a work area to complete their schoolwork. Make sure school supplies are readily available.
Less is more when it comes to an organized bedroom. Before school begins, carve out a day to go through your child’s drawers, closets, and bookshelves.
If you and/or your child continues to feel overwhelmed, it may be time to call in a professional to help.
Simplicity Kids Program Overview
Simplicity Kids and Teens is an organizational program designed to empower children and teens to create order in their home and learning environments. Through differentiated and customized systems, children and teens acquire essential lifelong organizational and time management skills.
The goal of our program is to provide children and teens with the tools and strategies needed to create useful and enduring systems that reduce anxiety, increase confidence, and generate success. Simplicity Organizers actively encourage and support each child in the co-creation of his/her organizational system according to the child’s learning style. At the conclusion of the session, the Simplicity Organizer monitors each child’s progress through follow ups to assess the effectiveness of the implemented systems.
Make the 2021-22 school year a fresh start!