Thursday, August 21, 2008

School Paperwork Solution for a Disorganized Child!

Do you have a disorganized child? I do! He has a form of autism and he very much struggles with not only keeping his paperwork where it belongs but also is not very gentle so he destroys things much easier than most. Every year, he has a planner and by mid November, it is looking pretty rough. By mid January, pages that should be intact are falling out. Also, paperwork that needs to come home sometimes doesn't and paperwork that needs to go to his teacher is lost between the car and the classroom! If any of this sounds like your child, read on!

Last year, we had to brainstorm on solutions and his teacher came up with a folder like this! I took on creating this year's folder for his new 4th grade teacher and of course had fun with it! He LOVES legos and I've had this scrapbook kit sitting, just waiting for the right project!

Here's how to set up the binder:

  • Planner goes on the rings (this planner is school issued)
  • Binder clips are clipped on both sides so it is opened to this week's page. NO tearing through pages trying to find where he is supposed to write.
  • On the left pocket is a sticker that says "Keep at Home"
  • On the right pocket is a sticker that says "Return to School"

Here's how to use the binder:

  • His teacher helps him sort his items each day to bring home
  • Items he does not need to touch that she is just sending home, she puts in the left pocket
  • Homework sheets and things that need to be sent back are on the right.
  • I place anything that is going back in the right pocket along with his completed homework.
  • The teacher takes his folder and pulls it all out, preventing him from putting things where he can't find them!
  • As I check his folder Friday afternoon, I move the clips to the following week.

This has worked great for us and I hope it helps you if you have a disorganized child! Working with the teacher is obviously necessary as this requires more support than most kids are accustom to. We have found that a little more effort on the adult's part makes it not only easier for us in the long run but takes stress off of him as sorting all this random paperwork has proved a bit overwhelming!

If you have other organizational issues with your child, let me know in the comments and I'll be glad to address them. I think it's safe to say that most problems we have faced in this family between this child on the autistic spectrum and my other child with a very short attention span so bring it on and I'll try to help!

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Nicole said...

You are a GREAT mom! I just sent the link of your blog to Heidi.

Tami said...

Hey. This is the way all the kids' binders are organized in Indiana. I'm finding that's the case here in Virginia, too. One exception: there is a folder inside the binder for the take home and homework papers. I will agree, it works great.