Instilling a sense of order in your young child may sound like a difficult task. However, by infusing daily routines with fun — from making homework time cozier to celebrating special days in a fun planner — your child can learn how to keep things naturally organized with ease. Here are five at-home activities you can try with your child:
- Introduce checklists. Whether it's as simple as "3 Things To Do Before Bed" or "What To Take On Vacation," creating and referring to lists together will develop your child's ability to strategize tasks and organize time.
- Assign chores that involve sorting or categorizing. Grocery shopping, emptying the dishwasher, sorting photos, cleaning out a closet, and other chores that involve pre-planning, making lists, or arranging things are great choices. A workbook like Little Skill Seekers: Sorting & Matching is a great way to supplement these organizational skills.
- Buy your child a planner. Look for one your child can personalize, like the Klutz: Best. Year. Ever! planner. Having their own planner will show them that you consider their time valuable, and that organization is something worth celebrating.
- Establish a homework routine. Help your child make a "study hour" schedule and set up a comfortable workspace — whether it's in their room or at the kitchen table. Encourage your child to stick to the schedule even when they don't have homework (they can still read, review notes, or even dive into a fun activity book.)
- Cultivate an interest in collecting. If your child has a particular interest, encourage them to create and organize the collection. It can even be something free — such as rocks or canceled stamps — that kids can sort, classify, and arrange. For great ways to start, check out this Rock Stars Kit (which comes with collectible rocks!) or this Dinosaur Bites Kit (which comes with collectible fossils!).
Want even more book and reading ideas? Sign up for our Scholastic Parents newsletter.