7 Ways to Teach Your Grade-Schooler Organization Skills

7 Ways to Teach Your Grade-Schooler Organization Skills


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

Lesson 1: Recognise “wants” vs. “needs.”
  • Goal: Sort out and prioritise 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: Categorise, 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.

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