Dear Parents and Colleagues:


Over the years, I've come to realize that one of the most essential skills for school success is organization.  I’ve taught many students who struggled fiercely in school.  Those who were organized managed to stay afloat and achieve success. On the other hand, I’ve worked with tremendously gifted students for whom learning came easy, but their grades did not reflect their true abilities. They stumbled because their poor organizational skills impacted them in each and every subject area.


In your family, you may have one innately organized and one not-so-neat child.  Read on to find out if you have a disorganized student and to find ways to instill organization across the board in your household this school year.


Wishing you all the best,


Ann Dolin, M.Ed.


 2 Articles to Help You

Start the Year Off Right


Launch Your Child to School Success


Michael is a freckle-faced fourth grader always on the move. He loves to read, write and do well in class, so his mom was surprised when Michael's teacher reported that he was not handing in his daily homework. She certainly checked every night to make sure it was done. Read more on school success here.



4 Ways to Help Your Disorganized Child


Some children are naturally organized while others struggle to maintain any semblance of neatness. The latter are the children who stuff crumpled papers in their backpacks, struggle to keep track of assignments, and don't get started on long-term projects until the night before. There are ways parents can help— without standing over them night after night. Read more on student organizational skills here.



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  • Manage daily homework efficiently
  • Plan long-term projects
  • Organize materials and time
  • Learn memory techniques, note-taking,
    and active reading strategies

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A - Usually   B-Sometimes   C-Rarely


My child can’t find the materials

needed to complete his homework.


Important books and papers are left behind at school, leaving my child unprepared for homework.  A B C

Throughout the school year, my child’s backpack is filled with miscellaneous papers, many dated months ago. A B C

My child has difficulty staying on top of assignments, often turning work in late.


His binder is messy with papers shoved into random places. A B C

My child seems to need more help staying organized than others his age.


Long-term assignments, such as reports and projects, are done at the last minute. A B C

My child’s grades would be better if he could be more organized. A B C

There have been times when my child actually completed the work, but could not locate it at school the next day.


I have to remind my child to clear out his folders, binder, or backpack. A B C


If you answered "usually" (As) or "sometimes" (B's) to the majority of these questions, your child will benefit from specific strategies to create and maintain organization this school year. 

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