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!