3 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Keep Your Child’s Binder Organized

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3 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Keep Your Child’s Binder Organized

Your child’s binder looks like a bomb exploded. Papers are crumbled into balls at the bottom of the backpack, the spine on the binder may already be breaking, and your student’s grades may be suffering from this lack of organization. Don’t stress. With just a few minor adjustments and a commitment to a maintenance plan, your student’s binder can go from the bane of your existence to the key to their academic success with three easy steps:

 

  1. Use a Folder
  • Each binder should have a sturdy 3-hole, 2-pocket folder
  • Use one side for any papers students need to have checked and/ or signed by parent and returned to school and for any homework assignments that need to be completed
  • The other side should be used for any loose papers that need to be placed back in the binder for future study
  1. Weekly Maintenance Checks
  • Weekly maintenance should be done to make sure loose papers are properly placed in the binder, important parent information has been checked and to purge any unnecessary papers
  • Set up an archive system to clear out materials not related to the current unit of study
  • File these units away for future reference to use when studying for midterms or finals
  1. Use Dividers and Tabs
  • Each binder should have 3 dividers with tabs labeled for Notes, Quizzes/Tests and Homework

The goal is to have a system the can easily be maintained. Having a clear expectation for where everything belongs and sticking to it will improve the quality of your child’s experience at school and will make homework time a breeze.