Binders & Post-It Notes

by GfG on December 12, 2011 · 3 comments

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You don’t have to be super organized to have a larger than average family, I’m perfect evidence of this.  I’m not one of those women that always knows where the item you request is, but I can eventually find it and then can give you chocolate for your wait.  While organization isn’t my strong suit, I’ve learned a few tricks that help me stay on top of tasks.

I shared back in August about re-doing our school room (that is supposed to be a kitchen) and making more use of the color coded binders each kiddo has.

We use color coding for cups, toothbrushes and the binders (we tried doing that with hair brushes… ha!).  We haven’t added towels, but it’s next on the list (when I can talk My Sweetie into buying 12 new towels… good luck with that, huh?) .  The color coding helps me in many ways.

The main one I’ve added in the last year that saves me time is using Post-It Notes as book marks that match each kid’s color.

So, when it’s time for me to teach a child one-on-one and I pick up All About Spelling, I open immediately to the correct page for the that child! Same thing for First Language Lessons, for Writing with Ease, and for math. This is a big time saver when you share instruction/teacher  books with more than one child, but they are not on the same lesson.  It also helps for remembering which book belongs to who when it’s time to teach, in case your memory is handicapped in the morning/afternoon/all the time, like mine.

I also use these post it notes to leave a child a note (and they know exactly who it’s for) and to designate extra materials.  These notes come in lots of colors (or at least seven), so it works perfect for us.  Each kid has a color and I get to use yellow.    :-)    How fun is it that I have a perfect excuse to buy Post-It Notes in fun colors?  Big fun.

Color coded binders and Post-It Notes really helps organize my school room and my school time.

And that makes me very happy.  And organized.  Whodathunk it?  ;-) 

Linking to Large Family Organization at Raising Arrows.

 

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Amy @ Raising Arrows December 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

That is a great idea! And I had a friend over the other day who kept marveling at how organized I was. I about laughed out loud because I don’t feel organized at all! I guess when you have a large family you tend to become semi-organized just to keep life from becoming utter chaos!

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GfG December 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Exactly, Amy. I tell people that I’ve learned and grown with each child. I didn’t have all six at one time. ;-)

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The Momma @ The Straightened Path December 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

I love this idea. We only have 4 children so far but already I feel as though I am beginning to feel a little anxious about being unorganized. I think we may begin color coding across the board too in the coming months. Next school year I will have a 3rd grader, 1st grader, and pre-schooler. If the colors are the same for everything than it would make it much easier on everyone. Including the principal when I need him to substitute teach. ;)

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