Organize homework supplies and have them in an easy to access location. A shelf, box or cabinet works well.
Fun Fact: Pencils
FUN FACT: The average pencil can write 45,000 words.
Back To School Success #8: Backpack Supplies
After completing a periodic backpack clean out, taking a supply inventory helps students stay organized as well. Make sure there are enough pencils in the bag so your student doesn’t have to waste class time and lose focus trying to borrow one from a friend. Also make sure there are enough pens, paper and markers/highlighters. If a calculator is needed for class, place it in a part of the backpack where your student will find it and turn it on to check the batteries.
Students with the need to chew things constantly should make chewing gum a part of their IEP or program even if it is usually disallowed. This will reduce chewed pencils, shirt collars, etc.
Kids and adults can avoid getting sick by not putting ANYTHING into their mouths. Cold/flu germs can be found on items people commonly put into their mouths such as fingers, fingernails, pencils, erasers, pen caps, toys, and etc. Children get into the bad habit of putting things in their mouths at a young age and can follow them through adulthood. Teach your children willpower and persistence to defeat this habit.
Fine Motor Trick
Students with fine motor issues may need special pencils. Some require special grips, triangular design, rubber sides, or unbreakable lead.
Students with memory issues may use a digital recorder to make voice notes. A notepad can also be used to jot brief notes to jog memory later.