Right from the time your children turn 5-6 years old, it is important to teach them how to organize their belongings, manage their time and lead a well-organized and clutter free life. Not only does this help the children learn important life skills but also helps you to take your mind off organizing things for your kids.
After all, anyone can be fed up of reminding, poking and prodding their children about getting their chores done. Every child is different and it will take some effort, time and hard work to inculcate the right organization skills in them. This is why we have come up with a list of the top tips to teach early organization skills to children:
Teach the Importance of Time Management
Time management is one of the most important concepts of overall organization and hence it is important to teach the importance of time management to your children. Help them to learn how to estimate the time and how to divide it to do their homework, chores, physical activity and games etc.
Help them Maintain an Organization Notebook
Another good tip to inculcate the value of early organization skills in children is to teach them how to maintain an organization notebook. Ask them to note down each of their tasks in this notebook and then make it a lifelong hobby. Make sure it is an attractive and small diary or notebook which has a ruler and a monthly calendar in it as well.
Another part of organization skills is to organize a given space such as a study table. Teach your kids how to organize the books without using too much space. Also teach them to keep their pens, pencils, erasers etc. neatly so that the space looks clutter free. Make sure the study table has a small clock so that while studying, the children can keep track of the time.
Besides managing time well, it is important for children to know how to organize their schedules as well. Ask them to make a time table which includes all different activities that they are required to do in the day. By making this timetable, the children will learn the importance of disciplined schedule and how to segregate times for different works like school, homework, physical activity, games, spending time with family, meals and leisure time.To ensure that children follow this timetable well, stick it on the study table or the almirahs where it is always clearly visible.
Reward Children if they Manage Things Well in a Given Time Frame
In order to encourage children to organize their lives and tasks, you can reward them each time they do well for a continued period of time. For example, promise to take them to a movie if they successfully manage a busy schedule or allocate time to everything that needs attention etc. These little treats can motivate them and will eventually help them to make organization a way of living rather than a compulsory activity imposed by you.