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Color Coded Organization

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, October 29, 2020
Getting kids to clean up after themselves is a never-ending battle that parents face on a daily basis. But it's important to remember that kids need to be taught how to put things away and the systems that work for adults are probably too complicated for younger children. So what does work?

Simply put: COLORS. Identifying colors and learning rainbow order is much easier for children than learning to read. My own experience has shown me that kids pick up colors fairly quickly. Even if they don't know exactly what to call certain colors, they'll probably be able to match things that look similar. You can make it into a matching game by giving your child a high-five or a hug every time they match something correctly. This positive reinforcement will help your child associate cleaning up with good feelings!

So, if you want your children to put things back in generally the right place, consider color-coding. Organize books and art supplies in rainbow order. Assign each member of the family a different color in whatever calendar system you use to make it easy to see at a glance who has to be somewhere. These simple tricks will help your children learn how to organize themselves and hopefully teach them to clean-up on their own, leaving you with less stress!

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