I think you could google 'kanban and kids' or 'kidzban' and get a ton... it seems to be trending!
I found a video that I think clearly explains the process and the reason for it:
We use 3 columns: To Do, Doing, Done. The kids colour code their post-its by subject. We also have a calendar at the bottom of the board to allow for due dates. It is done visually as well; Oct 15 has a pink post-it square because that is when the english essay is due (and english is pink). So, when you look at the calendar, there are just colours. The exception would be if there were 2 english items due. Then each post-it would be labelled with the name of the item due.
The most important part of this, which is not in the video, is chunking down the tasks. Recently I painted one of the bedrooms, and there was a post-it flag for each task I could do in about an hour: "get painters tape, patch holes, sand, wash walls, tape off trim", etc. Kids need a lot of help on this stage.
As mentioned in the video, only 3 items are allowed in 'Doing'. The only time we've broken that is if the kids are preparing for a concert and then 'practise piece' stays in 'Doing' column for a little while.
Here's a pic I found online with colour coding, but note: they have too many items in 'Doing'. Our kanbans are never as neatly arranged as this... the 'to do' or 'backlog' items are randomly arranged.
One more thing... they kids should find fun things they want to do to put on the board. One child has 'go to corner store with friends after school' as a fun item. He uses it only a few times a month, but I think it sends a positive message to have those fun items up as well.
So, I'm sure you're dying to know if I got that bedroom painted. It was the fastest I've ever finished a project I hate to do, and there was no background emotional clutter in my brain while I was doing it. I didn't even THINK about the tasks that weren't in my 'Doing" column. Every morning, I got up and looked at the "To Do" column and I just executed. No prioritization worries, no procrastination (you can't run away from only 3 small tasks), no confusion.
Edit: I'm too cheap, er, frugal to use this many post-its... we cut them into flags and print small
Edited by pinewarbler, 06 October 2017 - 07:56 AM.