Today's EPTA Update post was submitted by educational consultant Adrienne Oliveira. Ms. Oliveira is an American Special Education Advocate living in Portugal. She was a Special Education teacher for 10 years, and her goal is to help American families whose children may have specific learning disabilities. For more information, you can visit Ms. Oliveira's website at www.advocateiep.com or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning! I wanted to share another tip about organization with you all. A lot of times parents ask me, "what more can I do?" "I don't know the school content, they are in tutoring, and how can I help my child more?"
The BIGGEST thing almost all kids struggle with is organization. I say this because most kids, across the board, struggle with writing down their daily assignments and due dates. They have no idea what their homework is and when things are due. They don't know if they left their work in the classroom or locker.
What YOU can do is keep a planner at home. Teach them how to log onto to their school's blackboard to track each class' calendar every single day (this is key, a daily habit). Have them write down their assignments in their planner as well as due dates. Email or call the teacher if you are unclear. It's totally fine to contact teachers.
Have them continue to do this with another planner in their backpack (because you know it will get lost) and encourage them with small praise or rewards for writing down and bringing home assignments. Cross off assignments as they are completed for a sense of accomplishment.
It does take a lot of time and effort, but this is something I have seen kids struggle with in both special and general education on all grade levels as a teacher. What valuable life lessons they will learn about organization with your help outside the classroom!