Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Helping Your Child Develop An Effective Organization System

Published on: December 29, 2013  

Helping Your Child Develop An Effective Organization System

Keeping schoolwork organized is important for helping you and your child know where their work is and when it is due. Organizing handouts, a record of tests and quizzes and upcoming projects makes it easier for your child to stay on top of academic responsibilities and ultimately leads to school success.

Please let your child or teen’s teachers know that you are working on an organization system and ask for their help in the process.  You’ll be delightfully surprised by their encouragement and support!

Here are some simple steps you and your child or teen can do to develop an effective organization system:

  • Put Together a Binder- It is a good idea to have a separate folder for each subject, organized together in one large binder. This helps to ensure that work for one class is not getting mixed up with work for another. Variations include using a small binder for each class or using two medium sized binders, one for morning classes and one for afternoon classes.
  • Create Separate Notebooks- Just as it is useful to have a separate folder for each class, having a separate notebook for each individual class is also a good idea.


  • Develop a Folder Specifically for Completed Homework- Having a separate folder for homework to turn in and special papers to go home is an easy way to help your child remember where his homework is and what needs to be turned in. Please let your child’s teacher know that a specific folder has been developed so that they can remind them should they become distracted and forget to turn in daily assignments.


  • Develop a Planner- Keeping a planner or organizer is essential for tracking assignments and long-term projects! Often times, schools provide a planner for their students. If not, you and your child or teen should create one on your own. Your child should be encouraged to write down his homework assignments following each class. In some instances, it is necessary to have the teacher initial the planner to ensure that assignments are written down correctly. In turn, you can initial each assignment to communicate to the teacher that it has been completed.


  • Help Them to Organize Their Backpack and Clean Up the Clutter- Encourage your child to clean out his backpack each night. Non-essential items should be discarded. Papers should be placed in their appropriate folders and homework should go in the homework folder. This is also a good time to take a look at the planner to see what’s ahead. Once the class folders are organized and completed assignments are in their appropriate places, place necessary materials back in the backpack. Keep the backpack in the same location each night, such as by the front door. These steps will prevent hurried packing of the backpack in the morning. It will also ensure that your child arrives at school with all assignments and that he knows where to find them. You may have to help your child or teen develop these routines initially.  Keep in mind that you want them to be able to manage this routine on their own.
  • Provide Lots of Praise and Encouragement- Praise and encouragement goes a long way in motivating your child to continue to stay organized.  It lets them know that they are taking important steps to improve their academic performance and can get them thinking about how they can stay organized in other areas like organizing their room (keeping it clean) and chore completion.

These are simply a few ideas to help keep your child and teen organized. Always be sure to follow school guidelines regarding necessary school supplies and organization strategies.

If you would like some additional support in helping your child develop an effective organizational system and improving their academic performance, behavior at home & in the community, please give us a call, 360.236.0206.  We’re here to help!

Warmest Regards,

Gyro Psychology Services



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