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disorganized_backpack.gifI see a lot of kids whose good-intentioned parents buy them a whole pile of school supplies, only to find that by week two, their book bag is a mess, and they are using none of them.  Seriously, these kids have 20 folders, binders, pens, highlighters, dividers, and composition notebooks but absolutely no organization!  Does this sound like your kid?  If so, here are some back to school organization tips to try:

For the very disorganized student, try one binder

Trust me; even if his teachers ask for something different, they will prefer one binder where he can find his papers to having to make ten copies of the same worksheet or never seeing assignments again. However, if you are unsure, you could run this idea by the teacher before you implement it. By the way, I know what you are thinking, and I am not talking about one of those binders that absolutely no elementary student can even lift up it is so heavy, with the velcro!  Do not get that!   

  • Buy: one sturdy three ring  binder that is no bigger than 2 inch, a two-pocket hole-punched folder for each class, loose leaf paper,a pencil case with holes, a hole punch that fits in a binder, and a planner that is hole punched.

  • Pick a color for each subject.  Separate the binder into sections for each subject, using the folders.  Label each folder with the name of the subject.  Designate a pocket on each folder for “homework” and “work to be turned in.”  Place notebook paper in each section.

  • Put the pencil case, agenda, and hole punch in the front of the binder.

Color Code

Buy book covers for each textbook that are the same color as the folder for that class.  Making everything for each class the same color will make it easier to grab the correct items quickly.  Kids can also highlight homework in their agenda, for that class, in that color, making it easy to grab the correct textbooks before heading home.

Clean Out Regularly

Set a regular time each week to go through the binder and also check on grades/work completion online.  This will allow your student time to put papers in their place, get rid of trash, and complete missing assignments before they pile up and become overwhelming. Papers that are from a previous unit or nine-weeks grading period, should be taken out of the binder and stored in a color-coded file folder at home incase they are needed later to study for a unit test, midterm or final exam.

For more help with organization and study skills sign up for our Study Skills Boot camp offered August 25th-29th.  Click here for more information:

-Nina Parrish, M.Ed.

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About Nina

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Nina Parrish graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Following graduation from the University of Mary Washington, she received the Project PISCES scholarship to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she completed her certification in Special Education for K-12 students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional disturbance. After obtaining her license, Nina earned a Master's Degree in Education for School Counseling in grades Pre K-12 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nina taught in the public schools in North Carolina and Virginia for 7 years. Nina currently owns, Parrish Learning Zone, a K-12 local tutoring service with her husband Jay, who is also a teacher. They live in Spotsylvania with their daughter.


Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.


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