We are reminded by an essay in today’s New York Times that depending on where you live, the opening of school can be days – or weeks—away. But even for places like here in New York City where classes in public schools don’t begin until Wednesday, September 9th, the relentless drumbeat of ads for school clothing and supplies has been going on for weeks.
It’s not too late to think about what you can do to make this school year more organized and successful for your child – and less stressful for the entire family. We like the suggestions in the book The Organized Student by Donna Goldberg with Jennifer Zwiebel. It may be a new system of managing school papers, or a spot set aside as a “launching pad” for every family member to drop their stuff when they come home and pick it up again when they leave the house, or even the “lump check” that one student we know does every morning as he feels his pockets for his cell phone, keys, wallet and iPod. Even one step towards better organization, done consistently, can make this a better school year.