A few children seem naturally organized, but for others, organization is a skill that develops over time. With some coaching and practice, children can develop effective ways to get stuff done. Help Your Child Get Organized (http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/learning/child_organized.html#) is a great article to help parents teach their children how to feel more confident, competent and effective by independently accomplishing tasks and responsibilities such as homework and chores. I like the Easy as 1-2-3 process-
Getting organized means a child gets where he or she needs to be and gathers the supplies needed to complete the task. This step is the getting ready step.
Staying focused means sticking with the task and using that super power of ignoring to defeat distractors. This step is the doing step.
Getting it done means finishing it up, checking your work, and putting on the finishing touches, like remembering to put a homework paper in the right folder and putting the folder inside the backpack so that it is ready for the next day. This step is the finishing up step.
Read the full article to learn how to get started teaching your child the Easy as 1-2-3 process.
Some children are organized to the point of rigidity. They think that there is only one way to do something. When they hit a snag in their organization process they feel stuck. These rigid thinkers benefit from flexible problem solving strategies such as, developing scripts for “big deal/little deal”, “choice/no choice”, “plan A/plan B” and “handling the unexpected” and training and practice with the concept of compromise.
We love this book. It helps us to see the need for balance, even when getting organized.
Cletus is learning to be more organized by increasing his awareness of his brain, his body and his stuff. His well organized cousin, Bocephus, tries to help. We find out that Bocephus can get stuck and freak out when his one and only plan for a school project is thwart by the family dog. In the end, they help each other find balance.
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