Organizational skills are key to helping a child succeed
Check assignment book and homework folders
- Probably the most effective thing a parent can do is to check their child's assignment book. For younger students and those who need organizational assistance, this may mean checking it each day. For students who have mastered these skills, frequently monitoring the usage of the assignment book may be all that is needed.
- If possible, check after school to make sure the student has returned home with the necessary books, worksheets, study guides, and materials to complete their homework. If a textbook is forgotten, please remember that Woodridge Public Library has copies of each of the school texts.
- The homework assignment book helps you stay aware of upcoming events, field trips, deadlines, etc. as recorded in the memo section. This section could also help you communicate with your child's teacher by writing notes back and forth.
- Remove graded homework and notes to keep their needed papers easier to find.
Monitor homework study area
- Several students working at the kitchen table may be an efficient way to monitor all their studies at once, and may be reinforcing for the students as well. They may appreciate working beside their older sibling, or showing their younger sibling the "hard work" they're doing.
Check to make sure your child has needed materials for classes
- One way to help eliminate this is to "stock up" on the school supply list materials while stores have their "Back to School" specials and keep the extras in a big box in the closet. If a student does run out of notebook paper, pencils, or whatever, we do have our School Store selling these for a reasonable price at the lunch times.
Monitor schedule for upcoming tests and long-term assignments
- Break those long-term projects into smaller pieces and set deadlines for getting them done. That way parents can eliminate that last minute, "burning the midnight oil" the night before it's due.
- The homework assignment book has spaces to record a calendar. This would be a good place to record upcoming tests, book reports, and long-term project due dates.
- When studying for tests, if the student does not have a study guide, use the questions at the end of the sections and the end of the chapter. Make sure your student can define the words in boldface.
Pack backpack the night before
- Once a student has completed their homework (and you've checked it, if needed), have them put it in the homework folder-- in the "Homework" or "To Do" side. Remember: it's not "Done" until the teacher hands it back with a grade on it. Then load the books and folder right back into the backpack for school the next day. Homework forgotten on a student's desk, table, next to his/her bed, lost in the clutter of a backpack, etc. causes the homework to be late and receive a reduced grade.
- Set up a regular "drop spot" for the book bag, possibly near the door.
- Check to make sure that the student only has what is needed in that backpack. Some students build up unnecessary muscles (or sore backs) by hauling all kinds of extra things and clutter in their backpacks.