Regardless of age or grade, education is a highly organized well thought out process.
The education process is a logical sequence of learning experiences at every level of education. Learning how to count before arithmetic and learning arithmetic before algebra are all logically planned and organized. There is a reason for learning letter sounds before learning single syllable words and phonetics patterns before learning multiple syllable words. Even PE activities are planned and organized based on an age-appropriate sequence of instructions.
If you walk into a kindergarten class, the areas are laid out into functional zones and if you visit a chemistry lab there are strict layouts and zones for various experiments. There are several types of seating arrangements used in educational institutions which are designed to address specific academic goals and student needs.
School is the most significant educational institution for a child. While home may or may not provide an environment for learning organizational skills, school is the quintessential structured institution for learning these skills. The organizational methods and strategies learned in school when taught and reinforced consistently provide a crucial element for life success.
Organizational skills have been supported in educational research time and again to be an essential element in the success of a child’s educational experience.
It is also agreed that the earlier these skills begin to be introduced the greater the potential for success during the education experience and beyond.
When school-age children are taught organizational skills they benefit in the following ways:
They learn to break big challenges into smaller manageable events.
They learn to identify and set priorities
They learn to analyze
They learn to assign
They learn to designate
They learn to maintain systems based on goals and their personalities.
They learn to establish perimeters for accessing time required to achieve goals.
They learn the importance of planning, assessing and adjusting time and its impact on meeting deadlines.
They learn the importance of attendance including getting to school and class on time and the impact of absences on organization, time management and academic performance.
They develop routines and schedules for both academic and non-academic responsibilities.
There are numerous benefits for school-age children to learn how to be organized. These benefits are applicable to: in-class note-taking, homework assignments, special projects and reports, test preparation, the college admissions process, extracurricular activities and domestic chores as well as after-school and summer employment. The benefits of becoming and staying organized have a lifelong impact on performance and self-confidence.
Organization is a critical part of the platform by which education is presented to school-age children and should be the platform by which school-age children develop skills for success in and out of school.