by Janet S. Fox
Free Spirit Publishing, $8.95
Purchase Get Organized Without Losing It
I wish I'd found a book like this years ago. Author Janet Fox provides easy-to-follow strategies for organization — strategies that are needed desperately by kids, ages eight to 13, who have ADD.
In her section on using a planner, Fox offers a sample schedule, detailing estimated versus actual time it takes to accomplish something. This helps students avoid the trap of underestimating the amount of time it takes to do a task. Another helpful tip—and one that I discovered in time to get through high school—is to use highlighters or colored pencils for different subjects or types of activities in your planner. Other features include an after-school scheduler, a homework checklist, and advice for getting ready on time for school each day.
I've read lots of ADD books over the years. I have an entire shelf of them. So I was amazed to find that so much useful information could be packed into 100 pages. And how many other books about ADD are illustrated with cute cartoons?
Do yourself a favor—don't procrastinate about getting this one.