My six year old daughter is just transitioning into attending classes and activities more independently. As this is happening, she may get dropped off by her dad and picked up by me (and vice versa). This means things are getting left behind. I know it is pretty typical for a six year old to spread stuff out and forget it when staying elsewhere, hanging out at a friends or a club location. In fact, I remember this being a common complaint from the parents of kids I taught in Middle School and even my Highschool Biology kids had trouble with it.
I know it is a lot to expect for my daughter to have to remember a whole bunch of stuff, but there must be a way to at least increase the liklihood of non-forgetful and more responsible behavior with jackets/school books/ etc. when she heads to school activities, play dates and extra-curricular activities. She is well educated on why forgetting things is a problem and a few techniques for avoiding forgetting things.
She actually has a bag for each activity with the necessary activity items in it. Each bag is organized a particular way and I certainly check that she has the essentials with her when picking her up. She often spreads out though and doesn't always get everything back into her bags.
My husband is also not vigilant about asking her if she has her; coat, water bottle and bag so he is working on getting better about at least asking for those three items when he picks her up from somewhere. At the same time, I would like her to be a bit more independent and not need us to remind about things at each pick-up - at least eventually (I know there is a learning process involved and I can't expect this over-night).
Has anyone out there had any particular success with a technique they tried?