Monthly Archives: February 2010

Organization–Taking it all in!

Organization–sometimes just the sound of it can make our heads spin!  If that’s how we react then how do our kids feel?  Overwhelmed–just like we do!


When I think of kids and all that comes into their heads in a single day, it’s no surprise that they feel completely buried by the onslaught of homework, projects, assignments and tests.  If they don’t have a system that helps them take their information in, then how can they expect to remember it?


There may be barriers that inhibit the uptake of information.  Distractions like noise, activity and their surroundings can be extrinsic hurdles that have to be overcome.  Thoughts, concerns, worries, fears and just too much brain clutter can be intrinsic inhibitors that block the way kids absorb information. 


Even if they take it in, how effective are they at remembering what they heard or saw.  Is true learning taking place if info is going in but not staying there?  I think that is a question and challenge for us all.


Here are a few ideas to help your kids organize the information they are meant to take IN

  1. Write it down–master calendar, agenda, post-it notes
  2. Develop a system and routine–time, color, highlighters
  3. Teach them to say it out loud–even is they have to say it to themselves 
  4. Gather organizational tools and supplies that  they like and will use 


Helping our kids organize the information they take it is essential for true learning to take place.  Too often they read it (homework), repeat it (tests) and forget it (what they heard or should have learned).


Donna Goldberg, author of the Organized Student, reminds us that school focuses on helping kids with reading and math more than with organization.


As parents, we have to help our kids bridge those organizational gaps.  Sometimes we can do that ourselves, sometimes we need help with that.  Either way, we need to be mindful that our kids will not automatically be organized anymore than we are. It takes effort and follow-up.


As you think about how your child processes information that is being taken it, look for the possible inhibitors.  Talk to your child about what might be getting in the way of organization and help set up systems that will help clear the pathway so that true learning can take place.


Need help getting your child organized?  We have several books that we have found very helpful as we meet with students.  Follow the link to check out our recommended Organizational Books for Students


If you’d like us to help, we’re happy to meet with your child and get things organized.  We all know that this is a skill that goes beyond the classroom.  Helping your child get organized is a skill that will be invaluable for a lifetime.  Give us a call and we will help get your child on track.