We've all been there…searching at the last minute for the misplaced homework sheet, the school library book, the permission slip, you name it… all right before your child dashes out the door to school. It is frustrating to have completed homework assignments and school supplies forgotten at home. A simple solution to this problem is designating a highly visible and specific location (preferably by the door) where packed book bags can be left at the end of the night, completely ready for the next morning. Children are more prone to forget things if they are packing up during the "early morning make it to the bus stop on time rush." Children who prepare their supplies the night before are less rushed, and also benefit from having all night to remember and add forgotten items into their backpacks.
Try the same technique for after-school extra-curricular activities. Recycle your child's old backpacks by using them to organize after-school activity stuff. For example, have a separate bag for religion class, dance class, karate…you name it! Pack the bag with everything they need for their activity and leave it in a designated spot. Make sure that items are returned into the bag when they're done and….you're ready for next class. During the week, place any necessary items such as homework, permission slips or clean clothing into the bag. When the activity rolls around again, just have your child grab the pre-packed backpack and go!!!
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