Have You Looked Inside Your Child’s Backpack Lately?


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Have you looked inside your child’s backpack lately? There is a good chance that it’s pretty messy in there! Messy backpacks often lead to lost homework, missing or crumpled permission slips, and heavy loads that weigh kids down. Try these tips to help your child clean out their backpack and keep it neat all year long.

Make a list
Together with your child make a list of things that should be in the backpack. Be very specific. For example, if your child likes to keep library books in their backpack, allow them to carry only one book (two at most) at a time.

Have a homework folder
Select one specific folder that is used to bring homework sheets to and from school. Use the left side of the folder for unfinished work, and the right side for completed worksheets. Check the homework folder every day to make sure the “completed” side is empty when your child comes home. Kids too often forget to turn in completed work!

Have a second folder for notes to parents and other papers
Keep permission slips, notes for parents, and papers that don’t belong in the “homework folder” in a second folder. This keeps the backpack from getting cluttered with loose paper.

Use a pencil pouch
Keep pencils, pens, and erasers in a pouch. They’ll be easy to find and will be less likely to be lost or broken.

Set limits on toys in the backpack
Kids often want to keep non-school related items, like figurines, stuffed animals, or trading cards, in their backpacks. Usually, they’ll get into trouble with teachers when they pull these things out in class. So, it’s best to keep them at home. If your child insists on bringing toys to school, set limits. Allow only one item at a time.

Do a backpack check every day
To keep the backpack in tip-top shape, you’ll need to do a quick backpack check every day. Give your child lots of praise when they’ve used their checklist and organization plan! If they are backsliding, catch it early. Try not to criticize. Just let them know what is out of place and how to fix it.

Clean out the backpack every week
Pick a time once a week when your child will go through the backpack checklist and do a cleanout. Check the backpack once the cleanout is complete, and help them along the way if they need it. Praise their effort! If they meet their checklist goal, consider providing a small reward.

An organized backpack is a great way to start teaching important organization skills that can help kids stay focused and get things done!


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Children of all abilities, including those with ADHD, autism, and other special needs will thrive under Huntington’s unique and proven four-step approach. With countless accolades, exceptional programs, and a strong reputation, Huntington is ready to unlock your child’s potential and propel them toward a successful and confident future. Find a Huntington Learning Center near you:

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