Loose papers lying about? Kids can’t find the paper they finished? The spiral notebook- antiquated though it may seem in light of today’s technologies- can be a simple solution.
Propensity for Disorganization
“What lesson are we on today? Where is yesterday’s paper? I thought I ask you to put that away in your notebook?” These are all things I have said countless times as we begin our English lessons. I also cannot tell you how many Math “scratch papers” I have picked up off floors, counters, and tables to recycle. The spiral notebook has become my good friend.
Assigning a spiral notebook to each subject can be a very simple way to help a child learn organization skills. The paper is already bound together and connected- step 1- CHECK! By adding the lesson number as a title and the date to the corner of each page, each subject’s work becomes a small compilation. If you already have 3 ring binder systems, be sure to get spirals that are 3 hole punched then they can go right into the binders.
It may seem like a simple step, but for the organizationally-challenged child, distracted child, the child who has moved on mentally before they ever get up from the desk or table, the spiral notebook can change an entire day. It can be the difference between frustration and tears (theirs and mine!) and smooth sailing school morning.
Some of the many ways we have put cheap spiral notebooks to use include:
- English Lessons
- Spelling Notebook to keep track of challenging words
- Math Lessons
- Math “Scratch Paper” for the workbook user
- History Narrations/Summaries/Notes
- Creative Writing
How have you used spiral notebooks or other inexpensive tools to help your children to get more organized?
[Photo Credits Ted Rabbitts]