I designed a room for a pre-teen that would last until he/she leaves for college and would even see your student through law school.
Yes, drawers turn into a mess, but, still, you need to put the stuff someplace. Choices are only limited by your creativity. Of course, you can just go into The Container Store pr Staples and buy different kinds of containers from ones that turn and hold everything to round metal mesh holders or square/rectangular ones, all of which can hold writing tools, rulers and scissors, but you and your child may choose to be more creative and allow for changing taste through these school years.
How about tin cans, held together with different colored duct tape? Duct tape has gone wild – hot pink, neon green, even leopard and zebra prints. Kitchen drawer organizers have gone designer as well and now come in bright colors.
Thinking further outside the box – oh, wait, actually in a box – what about Chinese food containers. These can actually now be bought in different colors. Whatever your student chooses, the idea is to be able to have them attached or be arranged on a tray so that they can easily be removed if more flat surface is needed for project work or research books.
To continue with our “In Your Face” these, bulletin boards are good to hold a calendar (I know they have them on their lap tops and phones, but this way they are in his face and yours too.) Homework can be posted here too until all of it is done and is ready to be put in a notebook, folder or whatever system your student is using to transport work.
Bulletin boards can be bought framed or make out of cork squares or Homasote, purchased at Home Depot or a similar store. Obviously, carpet squares provide a wide variety of color and pattern, and your child can go as crazy or conservative as you allow. Other options are pasting or stapling scrapbook paper or wallpaper to the board. Duct tape can divide the board into sections – homework, research, papers to be signed.
Your students can label the tabs with days of the week or subjects. If there is a big project or research paper assigned, another one can be bought to handle these papers. At $14.99, this is a real bargain.
Wow! Your “grown up” student is ready to start a new year – organized and living in an “up-graded room.” In September, I’ll guide you through the executive functioning skills your student will need. In the meantime, enjoy the summer.
If you have any questions or need help implementing these ideas, please leave comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, your younger child needs to be organized also. Buy a School Doodle and have fun buying the items that fit in the pockets. Get them reading now by buying a new book to place in the “Messenger” pocket. And remember, right now when you purchase a School Doodle, we will send you a free book to get the reading started.