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Stay Organized for Back to School Success

Posted Aug 11 2008 9:13pm

We all have our own childhood memories of “Back to School.”  Getting on the bus for the first time, meeting the new teacher, being a little scared of the big kids and trying so hard to remember how to tie those shoes! These smart tips will help you and your child stay organized for back to school success!

Keep track of your child’s back to school activities and school life in your personal organizer.  Designate an electronic or written page for each child.  Put their name at the top and jot down important information such as birth date, social security number, doctor information, special interests, close friends, friend phone numbers and last school attended.

Having information handy will save you time during back to school registration.  Keeping track of friends will help in scheduling play dates and meeting other parents. Tracking an older child’s likes and interests will allow you to provide effective guidance when choosing electives.  As the school year gets rolling you can keep track of teacher names, classroom numbers and school schedules. This will help you effectively plan future doctor appointments as well as family vacations.

Keep important school papers organized with a basket/file system.  Buy and designate a metal basket for each child.  Have your child hang up their backpack when they get home and put their school work and any parent notes in the basket.

Go through the parental paperwork daily and calendar any field trips, events and volunteer work.  Clip corrected papers together and put them in the bottom of the basket.  Keep homework and work in progress projects to the top so your child can work on them and put them back as needed.

Have your child lay out their school clothes the night before and transfer any completed homework to their back pack.  Your child will learn organizational skills and you’ll both have a less hectic morning trying to get out the door.

At the end of the week, go through the corrected papers with your child and determine which ones are most important to save.  Put them in a memory book, or buy a sturdy file box and file the papers under the school, grade and teacher name.  The file box is nice as you can keep important paperwork such as birth certificates, social security cards, immunization records and official school records all neatly filed in the box.

Staying organized, completing homework on time and keeping up with parental paperwork will help both you and your child have a year of back to school success!

For back to school supplies:  metal baskets in all shapes and colors at Stacks and Stacks     Best back packs Consumer Search   Great files boxes for organizing and staying on top of the back to school paperwork at msn shopping:

For parenting tips on home schooling, ADHD and  children’s health go to Child N Parent!

By:  Debby Hoffer

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