As a parent, teaching our child to become organised is a very essential part of parenting. Unless a child learns to get organized, he cannot become self-independent and move ahead in life.
Getting organized also instills a sense of responsibility and gives a feeling of happiness. But introducing this sense of getting organized is not a daunting task which most of the parents think.
It can be done in simple ways by introducing everyday activities in the child’s everyday routine. Some children are born organizers while for some, getting organized gives them a hard time.
They tend to forget lunch boxes at school, misplace books, and forget about doing homework. Helping them to develop this sense can help them in future.
Steps to make your child become organized.
1 . Allot them work and break the work into fragments.
Allotting tasks to a child can help them to develop a sense of how the work can be done and also induces a sense of timing and skill required to complete the task.
Breaking the task into fragments helps the child to complete the work faster and gradually becomes organized. For eg, if your child is allotted the task of serving food, teach him the steps involved in it.
First to bring the food by handling it properly, then serving the food in the right amount and finally to keep the food in the right place.
2. Prepare a things-to-do list
Once your child becomes habituated with a particular task step by step, help them to prepare an overall things to-do list. Add homework and some other light chores to the list.
Inspire them to keep it in one place where they can watch it every time. Some kids prefer preparing the list on smartphones while some write on a piece of paper and hang them on the wall.
3. Habituate the child to use calendar and time management skills.
Teach your child the importance of maintaining time and using calendars. Encourage them to write important events or tasks on a calendar and make them analyse the time required for each task.
After completion of the task, enquire whether the time required was accurate or not. If not, introduce changes and adjustments for the next time. This can also help the child to write the due date of assignments, exams or any other things.
4. Introduce idea organizers
Teach your child the methods of using outlines, graphic organizers or concept webs to develop ideas for school projects. Teach them some common tricks which can make their task easier.
Help them learn the common method of taking class notes in two columns. A narrow column on the left for main ideas or questions and a broad column on the right for the subjective part.
This will help them to look at the main questions as well as on the explanation at the same time while preparing for exams and also help them to remember the details.
5. Use color coding to boosts up the child’s memory
Colors generally attract the attention of the child and arouse their interest. Children love to play with colors. This aspect could be utilized to make the child organized.
Assign colors to each school subject and to files and folders. You may assign Blue for the English folder, Yellow for Maths, Green for Science and so on.
Use bright colored pocket folders for important assignments and for other important papers which need to be signed. Using different colored pens and for different purposes helps the child take more interest in reading, learning and even checking their own papers.
6. Use word coding
Encourage the child to form coding of words on their own to remember things easily. Let them use their own silly sentences, songs to remember important information. Like there are songs on the names of places.
Let them hear those songs to remember places names. These simple aids are very helpful and can help the child in remembering things at the exam hall.
7. Arrange an organized workspace
Arrange a workplace for your child where he can work on his own without facing any outage. This place should be nearer to the elder’s workplace, be it the kitchen or drawing-room.
This ensures assistance whenever your child needs it. He can also be under your surveillance while working on his own.
Teach him to start working by keeping school supplies and essential items like calculators, tablets aside to avoid any interruptions. This helps the child become more organized and responsible toward his own things.
8. Teach the child to get prepared for the next day
Before retiring to bed, sit down and make plans for the next day. Discuss about the next day’s routine, about your child’s important project submission or any other important assignments.
Ask him about his preparations. Together you can plan out how to cope up with things. This can give the child more self-confidence and self-esteem.
Follow 1-2-3 easy steps
In making your child an organized human, break down all the tasks into 1-2-3 processes.
The first step is getting organized. This means your child should know where his essentials are and collect them accordingly to complete the task.
The second step is staying focused. It means sticking with the task, focussing on it and learning to say “no” to any distraction.
The third step is Finishing the task. This means finishing the task on time, then revising it, making necessary last-minute changes and becoming ready for the next day.
From brushing teeth to giving exams, if these easy steps could be followed it will make the child more organized and also make the work more easier.
Helping your child to get organized by teaching these skills is not only practical but knowing how to carry out his own task and complete it will make the child more composed and content. It also helps in the overall development of the child and makes him competent for his future.