Color is a great way to help keep your child organized for school. Choose one color for each subject – like green (money) for math – and use that color for the notebook, folder, and book jacket. In the folder, place a supply of paper for that class, and take a matching highlighter or marker and make a bold line on the edge of the paper. If your child neglects to put their paper back into the correct folder, the colored mark will make it easier for the paper to be found in the bookbag jumble.
Many elementary school teachers require a certain format for paper ‘headings’:
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If your child has trouble remembering to do this, go ahead and have her pre-label several pages with name and subject. Then highlight (in the appropriate color!) the spaces for the date and other information, reminding him to fill in. Even if a specific heading isn’t required, placing a highlighted mark on the top of blank paper helps remind some children to write their name. Not that our kids are prone to forget or anything!