Do the children in your house bicker over the oddest items? Fight over school supplies? For a peaceful homeschool, try color coding your children.
Color Code for a Peaceful Homeschool
1. Pencils – Yes, I strongly recommend color coding pencils. If your children are anything like mine, they’ve fought over pencils. By having colored pencils, there’s no longer any substance to claim-jumping their sibling’s pencils.
2. Compasses – If you look around you can find compasses in different colors. This is handy when all the kids are at the table doing math. Invariably someone will mislay their compass and claim their sibling stole it.
3. Protractors – Yes, I actually color code the children’s protractors. The children, for some odd reason, can be notoriaously bad about putting protractors away in their school boxes. I end up with protractors making their way into the toy bin. Color coded protractors are easily returned to their rightful owner.
4. Spiral Notebooks – Why do children fight over notebooks? You’d think they could simply open the notebook and establish ownership. Nope, too much work. Instead keep the spiral notebooks color coded so you can tell whose is whose at a glance.
5. Rulers – Rulers, like protractors, end up in the toy bin. Personally, I have better things to do than to check all six children’s school supplies to ensure they all have a ruler. Color coding insures I know which child is missing their ruler.
6. 3-Ring Binders – Yes, I color code everything I possibly can. 3-ring binders are no exception, especially the kids’ portfolio binders. I can easily file papers away in the correct binder without needing to think too hard.
7. Crates – It helps if each child has a different color of crate. This way you simply drop wandering school supplies off in the correct crate without needing to examine the supplies on the inside. For some reason the children get a little incensed when I return supplies to the wrong child.
8. Scissors – Yep! I color code scissors. Otherwise we end up with lost scissors all around the house for the preschoolers to use. Since my little ones are quite inventive with their cutting, I prefer scissors out of their reach… or at least know which child was the guilty party!
9. Pencil Boxes or supply holders – If the pencil boxes aren’t color coded the children will actually argue over whose it is. You’d think they would glance at the color coded supplies on the inside, but I think that requires too much common sense for bored children looking for an excuse to avoid schoolwork.
10. Folders – The folders the children use to keep their writing assignments in are color coded. This helps me when the kids hand in assignments for me to review.
11. Pencil Sharpeners – Just like pencils, pencil sharpeners have been the cause of many a fine argument in my house. It’s simpler to ensure that each child has a specific color coded sharpener than be putting out fights all week.
Color coding every school supply you can think of prevents countless arguments from breaking out and sowing seeds of chaos and turmoil in the homeschool. Instead we end up with a peaceful homeschool in which each child knows what supplies are theirs.
For more tips on color coding, read Color Coding is the Solution! (live on 2/29, 2016)