How to Teach Children Organization Skills

Organization and time management don’t always come easily for kids. Organizational skills are something you may have to teach your grade-schooler. The How to Teach Children Organization Skills Infographic presents some simple lessons to help your grade school child get organized.

Lesson 1: Recognize “wants” vs. “needs”

  • Goal: Sort out and prioritize what s/he wants to do vs. what s/he needs to do.

  • Example: Your child does homework first. Playing with friends comes later


Lesson 2: Take one out, put one in

  • Goal: Keep messes from becoming overwhelming.

  • Example: Your child has to put away what’s already out when s/he wants to play with or use something new.


Lesson 3: Categorize, label and sort

  • Goal: Keep things neat and orderly.

  • Example: Your child looks at toys, groceries or homework to figure out which things go together.


Lesson 4: Picture the day

  • Goal: Know the order or events in the day.

  • Example: Your child plans out the day by drawing a picture of the day’s schedule as a comic book.


Lesson 5: Make daily checklists

  • Goal: Keep track of what needs to be done.

  • Example: Your child lists out things to do, checks off what’s finished and transfers unfinished items to the next day’s list.


Lesson 6: Keep a family calendar

  • Goal: Plan for the future.

  • Example: Your child future checks the calendar nightly to know what’s happening tomorrow.


Lesson 7: Break big projects into smaller steps

  • Goal: Make big projects easier to manage

  • Example: Your child breaks a science project into steps-first coming up with an idea, then listing materials needed and gathering supplies before doing the experiment.


How to Teach Children Organization Skills Infographic

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