Essential Items to color-code for a peaceful homeschool.
Do the children in your house bicker over the oddest items? Fight over school supplies? Then you need to color-code these items for a peaceful homeschool!
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.
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.
Yes, I actually color code the children’s protractors. The children, for some odd reason, can be notoriously 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.
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 ensures 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. Book Bins
It helps if each child has a different color of book bin or 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.
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.
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.
I did mention color-coding the strangest items, and yes, we color code erasers. It saves fussing and fuming when the kids are already upset at having made a mistake in the first place.
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.