Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: "Organizing the Disorganized Child"

Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School
By Martin L. Kutscher & Marcella Moran
Copyright 2009
HarperCollins Publishing

Stuck at home recovering from a cold has finally given me the opportunity to catch up a little on my writing.  I read this little ditty at the beginning of the school year for my now middle-schooler.  Love her dearly, but organization has not been her strong suit over the years.

While it had some great suggestions for standard organization, some of the ideas don't work with all children.  Getting an organized homework area set up is a great idea, but keeping it organized and usable is an entirely different story!  Setting up a single binder or notebook for each subject is a great idea, but when the student doesn't remember to write notes in the correct notebook, it sort of defeats the purpose.

One of the best suggestions in the book was to have an assignment calendar on the wall of the homework area so the student can keep track of upcoming assignments.  If only those assignments would write themselves on that calendar, though, because the child doesn't ever remember to do it.  

My favorite parts of the book were the "how to take a test" section and the "how to take notes" section.  With lots of great tips and practical information, these seemed like areas we could really improve on and utilize.  Wish I had known some of these strategies when I was in school! 

I do wish the book had had more guidance on teaching the value of organization, not necessarily just the basic "where to file papers" stuff.  So much of the book was just very basic and practical information. I was hoping for something a little more in-depth to really address the nitty-gritty problems associated with disorganization. 

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