Fun Ways to Help Your Child with Organization

By Xiomara Lanza, Lower School SST Teacher
There are two types of skills that help define who we are as independent individuals. There are developmental skills, these typically come naturally as the body grows and we are exposed to new experiences, and executive functioning skills, these are typically taught and developed through routines and practice. Executive functioning skills help us to organize our environment and thoughts in order to self regulate and retain information.
At school, teachers are providing opportunities for students to develop organizational skills that will lead to independent learners. For example, keeping a homework journal and using color coded folders and graphic organizers are used to organize the environment and thought process in the classroom. It is important to work on organizational skills at home as well. Here are a few links to articles that explain executive functioning skills and how to teach and strengthen them at home through play. 

10 Tips to Help Your Child Get Organized
Help Your Child Get Organized
Practice That Feels Like Play: 9 Executive Functioning Activities for Kids

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