Monday, February 14, 2011

Oh....., to be Organized

Get Organized Without Losing It

Kids today have a lot to keep track of—and keep organized. Schoolwork, friends, activities, chores…rooms, backpacks, lockers, desks…and what about fun? Here’s friendly, practical, humorous help for kids who want to manage their tasks, their time, and their stuff—without going overboard or being totally obsessed.  (goodreads summary)

The buzz around my house this past week has been Middle School. My daughter (and my baby) will be attending this fall and her 5th grade class has already begun prepping for the transition.  She has a wonderful teacher this year and I feel confident she will alleviate some worries my daughter has about the "big" school. We've done the registration, orientation night and talked alot about how things will become a new chapter in her life.  If there is one thing that I know I could help her with, to make things a little less stressful, it would be organization.

Even as an adult, I don't think there is any one perfect way to organization. Something that works for one person may not work for another. We have to find our own system that compliments us.  I think it goes the same for kids.  I came across this book while at our school book fair a few years back when my son was in elementary school.  It is a wonderful tool that may help give kids a heads up on organizing themselves before they reach the older grades.  It offers some good suggestions on desk and locker neatness, planning for homework and large projects, note-taking, memory tips and tricks and a whole lot more.  I really liked that the author writes in kids speak and has some funny pictures.  In the back, it also gives suggestions for parents and teachers. As our kids reach middle school,  more responsibility is expected of them to keep up.  Teaching them the importance of how to organize, sooner than later, will not only help in their success but give them confidence before the new school year arrives.   It will give them one less thing to stress about.  This is a "just right book" for 5th & 6th graders who could use a little guidance in organizing and time management before having to reach  the "big" school.~

Title: Get Organized Without Losing It
Author: Janet S. Fox
Genre: nonficiton
Pub. Date: 2006, Free Spirit  Publishing & 2008, Scholastic
Paperback, 105 pgs.
booksource: owned copy

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