By Dr. Ruth Jacoby, Educational Consultant
My child never seems to get ready on time. How can I help her to be organized so that we are not late to school in the morning?
One way to get your child organized is to design a chart that breaks down what she needs to do to get ready into manageable and specific steps.Then set consequences and rewards for accomplishing these steps. It is important to check the chart each day and review it with your child. Stress the importance of getting to school on time. You may want to talk about all the advantages of being on time - having extra time to chat with friends, having time to ask the teacher any questions that you may have, and preparing for the start of the day without being rushed. See the sample contract and "Get Organized" chart below:
Week of September 5, 2005
I promise to finish all the chores on my chart every school day. If I miss two or more, I will not be able to go to the movies this weekend.
Directions: Put a smiley in the box if chore is completed.
Week of September 5, 2005
|1. Set alarm clock|
|2. School bag is packed the night before with homework, books and school supplies|
|3. Clothes (or uniform) are laid out the night before|
|4. Lunch money (or lunch) is in the backpack|
|5. All school notes are signed and placed in the folder or planner|
Advice from our experts is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment from a health-care provider or learning expert familiar with your unique situation. We recommend consulting a qualified professional if you have concerns about your child's condition.
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