It’s only the beginning of term but already I can see some poor children groaning about school, labouring about with great heavy bags on their backs. When I’ve asked some of them what’s in them, I’ve found out that all the week’s text books and, in some cases — P.E. kit is stuffed into their bags. Others have nothing at all and clearly haven’t thought about what books to bring.
It makes me think that parents could help their children by guiding them at the beginning of term about packing their bags. Anecdotally, I have noticed that the more poorly organised a child’s bag is, the worse he/she generally does — although this isn’t a definite rule. Getting children to work out what to put in their bags the night before and helping them organise them for themselves is crucial to help him/her get into a routine that’s established throughout the year.
It sounds like a little thing — but for me it’s very important. My advice have a chat to them about it now before it becomes a problem. Indeed, some child psychologists like Jean Piaget saw these sorts of organisational skills as vital to a child’s development.