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Get Organized Without Losing It

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Kids today have a lot to keep track of—and keep organized. Schoolwork, friends, activities, chores…rooms, backpacks, lockers, desks…and what about fun? Here’s friendly, practical, humorous help for kids who want to manage their tasks, their time, and their stuff—without going overboard or being totally obsessed. Tips, techniques, strategies, and examples empower kids to conquer clutter, prioritize tasks, handle homework, prepare for tests, plan projects, stop procrastinating, and start enjoying the benefits of ...
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Overview


Kids today have a lot to keep track of—and keep organized. Schoolwork, friends, activities, chores…rooms, backpacks, lockers, desks…and what about fun? Here’s friendly, practical, humorous help for kids who want to manage their tasks, their time, and their stuff—without going overboard or being totally obsessed. Tips, techniques, strategies, and examples empower kids to conquer clutter, prioritize tasks, handle homework, prepare for tests, plan projects, stop procrastinating, and start enjoying the benefits of being organized: less stress and more success. Lists and steps make it doable; jokes and cartoons make it enjoyable. Recommended for any kid who’s frustrated, overwhelmed, and sick of hearing “Clean your room!” “Where’s your homework?” and “You’re going to be late AGAIN!”
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If students have their schoolwork organized thoroughly then they have won half the battle for a great school career. [Janet Fox] gives specific ideas of what to purchase, such as plastic pouches and folders, dividers and binders, in a precise shopping list. The best advice is "when in doubt, throw it out." The other significant message is to have a planner and check it every morning and evening. She advises picking out your clothes and packing your lunch the night before. There are also great clues to paying attention to information a teacher gives because it will be on a test: how to write this information down and highlight it. In reading texts for class, Fox reminds students to skim, highlight, and summarize.
—KLIATT

Midwest Book Awards: Merit Award

National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA)

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Is your backpack a black hole? Do you wish you were more organized? Is your desk at school a disaster? Do you feel like you are always running behind? In this humorous book, Janet Fox guides students toward getting organized at school. Students who lose their homework, forget to study, or procrastinate on long projects will enjoy these helpful insights. Fox includes helpful exercises, like writing out a list, putting your stuff in order (so you can find it when you need it), managing your time, planning for homework and long term projects, and even taking better notes in class. Fox guides middle school students toward higher grades, better organization, more free time, and higher self-esteem. The cartoon-like illustrations will enchant young readers, and the theme of this book is timeless. This book is targeted toward middle school students, but readers of all ages will find the advice invaluable.
VOYA
In this handbook for students, Fox uses humor to provide practical, easy-to-follow ideas for organizing desks, backpacks, and lockers; managing time for homework and after school activities; planning long-term projects; and taking better notes. It would be a great book for middle school and junior high teens when they have more subjects and activities to manage. Most of these ideas appear in other books on organization-set your clothes out the night before, write down all assignments, do big jobs in small steps-but they are presented with humor uniquely designed to appeal to young teens. Several tools, such as the Get Organized Shopping List, After-School Scheduler, Homework Checklist, and Long-Term Project Planner, will make it easier for students to follow the rules shared. A note to parents and teachers give them tips on how they can help students stay organized. Fox writes in a conversational style, reassuring teens that they will not turn into "Super-Organized-Perfect-Kid." They will just have less stress in their lives and be more successful in school. Humorous illustrations complement the text, and a list of helpful resources for both teens and parents provide opportunity for further reading on the subject. This book is a useful addition to the self-help library for young adults. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Free Spirit, 112p.; Index. Illus. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Deborah L. Dubois
KLIATT - Sherri Ginsberg
The author is a mother, writer and teacher of middle school and high school English; she has collected some very practical advice here. If students have their schoolwork organized thoroughly then they have won half the battle for a great school career. The writer gives specific ideas of what to purchase, such as plastic pouches and folders, dividers and binders, in a precise shopping list. The best advice is "when in doubt, throw it out." The other significant message is to have a planner and check it every morning and evening. She advises picking out your clothes and packing your lunch the night before. There are also great clues to paying attention to information a teacher gives because it will be on the test: how to write this information down and highlight it. In reading texts for class, Fox reminds students to skim, highlight and summarize. Reviewer: Sherri Ginsberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421933
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Series: Laugh and Learn Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 44,805
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author


Janet S. Fox is a writer, teacher, scientist, wife, mother, and avid gardener. She has published poetry, short fiction, and science articles, taught an elementary reading program, and now teaches middle school and high school English. Janet and her family live in Texas.
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