Want your Children to Get Organized? Clean Up Their Room? Their Desk?
GET THEM SELF AWARE
How does being organized happen? Some people are well organized, others don’t have a clue how to be organized. Over the last thirtyyears a strange by-product has come about from mind-body training – organization. Another common occurrence in our country is when people are put into a situation where they have to take care of themselves, be responsible for their actions, or to be self directive they are uninterested or look outside of themselves for solutions . Even trying to create a new game seem bewilder children. Being organized takes first learning about yourself. Self inquiry is the first step t self direction and self-regulation. To be responsible for belongings, actions or attitude we first have to become self aware.
Start Young and Make Daily Process a Routine
Organization requires a routine. Review steps in a routine day-by-day by asking the sequence of actions followed in the previous day. For example what was learned at the start of the day? What did we do at the end of the_______ lesson? To kindle memory recall the physical action while experiencing the lesson. If children don’t remember, put them in the physical position they were in when they learned and let their bodies help them remember. Recall the sequence of events and what was done step-by-step in the lesson and ask the children to recall and share.
STEPS TO ORGANIZATION
STEP 1: TAKE CARE OF BASIC NEEDS
They may come have come in hungry, tired, or thirsty. Parents, we need to help address basic daily needs like regular nutritional meals, rest, exercise and drinking water. Quiet the internal dialogue of sensations so deaf the ears can hear. Improve self-responsibility and self-regulation by pointing attention to their actions and physical condition and how it may be affecting attitude. Ask your children to notice how they are feeling and if they are aware of how they got that way? If they are tired every morning, did they go to bed early enough? Ask as if it is your responsibility or theirs. Hungry? Did they get up early enough for breakfast? Do they need water? The brain “eats” water to communicate the information the teacher of parent is sharing.
STEP 2: RECALL THE SEQUENCE TO RECALL MEMORY
Getting Self-Aware through Action and Memory
What did we do first? What did we do next? What did you learn? How did you apply the learning in daily life (at home, school or with friends)?
Ask the children the first thing they did in their _____________ lesson (math, reading lesson—if you’re a parent what did they do on a school day, a play day, a certain day of the week).
Recall the next step experienced in the lesson. The experience of the action kindles the physical sensation to how the learning unfolded. Rekindle the memory by recalling the sequence of steps in the lesson, and “organize” thoughts. This process instills how memory is an organization of patterns.
STEP 3: REPEAT STEPS IN A PATTERN TO DEVELOP ROUTINE
Write a Daily Agenda (to establish a pattern) on the board so children can see what the day has in store. Follow this routine daily if possible. Routine steps set up automatic responses from the body-to-brain in learning. Associate the pattern of learn to how to step up and organize the desk.
Recall the Steps in the Routine of the Day on a day-to-day basis. Each routine needs to always include self-inquiry. This “self-inquiry” is based on attention to the physical sensation of the body and positions or actions. Ask children how they physically felt when they came into the classroom. Did they want to lie down, sit, or run around? How is their bodies and the physical actions related to how the listened and their attitude? Next associate their attitude to the feeling in the body.
A common behavior after mind-body train has been organization. This process of self-inquiry may take time at first, but will save time in the long run. Establish protocol to self-inquiry using physical positions and actions to recall lessons. Give the student an experience of how their bodies relate to memory and organization will come with time.