Organization is a skill that takes some practice…but makes school so much easier! Having organization skills will help your child be independent and take care of themselves at school, making that transition to kindergarten so much easier.
One way we work on organization is through playing with our craft supplies! We put labels with icons on boxes, showing where everything should go. Having a visual way to see where to put things away makes it much easier for pre-readers to know what goes where.
Print your labels out –> here We are given a supply list from the school, so I try to buy some of the things I think might be tricky for us to use in our supplies at home. For instance, we used to just keep crayons in a big box plastic box labelled “crayons,” but because my child’s school gives them each their own crayon boxes, which they need to open, select from, refill, and close every time they color, I make sure we have the actual carton of crayons inside our larger box. This way while we play with the crayons, he gets the practice in of fitting the crayons back inside that flimsy cardboard box!
Scissors are another one we practice at home. I know scissors can vary in how well they actually cut, so I bought a couple pairs of the brand on the supply list to have at home, so by the time school starts, my child will be familiar with the kind they actually use in the class room. If your school doesn’t give you a supply list, you could give them a call, or simply make a note of what’s in the classroom if you stop by to visit before school starts (something else I would highly recommend doing before starting kindergarten!)
I also to make the cleaning up bit part of the activity. They will have to clean up after themselves at school. (Also, it just makes life easier!) Depending on what we are doing, sometimes we make it more fun by timing ourselves or racing against each other.
Craft Supply Labels
These labels help to keep us organized. Included pictures on the labels, so they would know which box we needed, and which box to put things away in when we’re done. These printable labels include a set of blank ones so you can customize them for your supplies. I used Chelsea Market font in PicMonkey, if you want to make them match. For some of our supplies, like pipe cleaners, I just did my best to draw them on our labels!
Download the labels –> click here
There are so many other ways to work on independence skills! Check out these other Getting Ready for K Through PLAY! ideas:
- Work on getting dressed independently with Rainy Day Mum
- Practice with an Independence Skills Obstacle Course with Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Work on transitions to independence with Mess for Less
- Nurture independence with Mama Smiles