If you were pulled over by the police, the officer would ask, “May I see your license and registration?” How long do you think the police officer would wait for you to find it, maybe a few minutes? You would be expected to immediately present the information and the documentation requested. Why? Because the information needs to be processed to determine how the traffic stop will be handled. If you are not able to present the documentation there may be a big problem.
Translate this concept to your child’s school setting. If his instructor is collecting a required assignment, does he expect your child to present that assignment in a few minutes or by the end of the hour? As with the police officer the expectation is for immediate action. Why? Because the classroom teacher needs to ensure that each child finishes the homework and is able to move onto the new material in class.
It’s this time during class many students have a tough time and maybe even panic. Thoughts run through the child’s mind, “Where is my homework? I thought I put it in here last night. Is it at home? Maybe I didn’t finish it!”
This can cause a child to feel hopeless and helpless about schoolwork. Delays in locating schoolwork are detrimental to the learning process. Many “lost” assignments are actually in folders or tucked away in backpacks.
So as a parent, how do you help? If your child cannot find his homework in 30 seconds it’s a red flag that his filing/organization system is not working.
There are many different systems to purchase or to create. Here are some considerations to help your child determine what filing system is best to suit his needs. The goal is to be prepared, able to find homework, either to work on or to turn in, within a minute.
• Have a clearly labeled section for homework and papers to just save for each subject.
• Pencils, pens and highlighters are a must. Choose a pencil case or bag to put them and transport to each class.
• Clean out this system on a regular basis is essential. (Refer to the blog post, Home Office, to get ideas about a home filing system.
Finally, remember that the best system for your child may not be the one you like best. Allow the child to have a say in what he uses to keep his homework in a safe place and ready to go.
But all things should be done decently and in order.
1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.
Author of Own Your Education! A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (And Life)
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