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Organization Tips to Eliminate the Forgotten Homework, Lunch, Sneakers...


Livia McCoy has spent twenty-six years teaching science to students with language learning disabilities. In addition to teaching students daily, she trains teachers and runs workshops for teachers and parents who want to know more about how to help their struggling students.

Livia’s book, When Learning is Painful: How to Help Struggling Students -- A Resource for Parents and Teachers was published in 2009.

Many students with learning differences have trouble keeping up with their "stuff." They wind up in the school office calling home to ask for their book bag, lunch, homework they left on the printer, or their uniform for the basketball game after school. Or, they do without these things and suffer because they are seen as "not responsible enough" or "don’t care enough" or "don’t try hard enough."

For some students, a checklist in a prominent place can help. The checklist can hang beside the front door at home or stay on the shelf nearby. It would look something like this:

___ book bag
___ books
___ lunch money
___ homework papers
___ paper
___ pencils
___ gym clothes
___ basketball uniform

Another checklist can reside in the front of their main notebook at school. It will look different, of course:

___ assignment sheet
___ book bag
___ books I need for homework
___ dirty gym clothes
___ basketball uniform
___ notes from teachers
___ permission forms

They might not need everything on the list, but anything that they need often should be there -- just in case. That way, they give it some thought before leaving to or from school.

Check out all the handy checklists that School Family has in the Print and Use section.

The trick at this point is to establish the habit of looking at the checklist just before leaving for school (parents can help in the beginning) and before heading home in the afternoon (a caring teacher might help if you ask). Once the habit is established, they will be one step in the right direction toward becoming organized.

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#1 Margie 2010-08-30 02:50
Thank you for sharing this list idea! We shared a similar tip this week at our website! www.SchoolHouseAbcs.com. It helps to have everything in an assigned place!!

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