I know many of you are already enjoying the lazy days of summer. I still have another week with my kids before summer break begins. Summer for me is a time for the 3 Rs.....Relax, Recharge, and Reflect.
I am joining Laura with Where the Magic Happens for a summer linky party to spark reflection and get some great ideas for the new school year.
I store each set of books in a ziplock bag.
I store the sets of books in clear tubs with labels from Really Good Stuff. This makes it easy to find the book(s) that I am needing for the week. This system has saved a bunch of time and I made it through this entire year without having to copy a single book because I already had the ones I needed.
One area of classroom organization that still drives me crazy is PENCILS....ugh! We start the school year with hundreds of nice new pencils and can't seem to find a single one by Thanksgiving because they have been chewed on, broken, or just lost. After spending way too much money on pencils for my class this year, I decided to try mechanical pencils. My thinking.....maybe the kids will think they are special and take better care of them.
Well...I was wrong! This is what the pencils looked like after just a couple of days. That same night, I saw a post on Instagram from a 2nd grade teacher....wish I could remember who it was so I could give credit. This teacher had commented that she used pens with her 2nd graders to stop the constant chaos caused by pencils. At first, I thought that would never work! Then, I decided I was desperate enough to try anything!
So, I went to the store and purchased three packages of basic pens for about $4.00. I know these pens can be purchased at a much better price during the back to school sales, but I thought it was a pretty good deal for this time of the year. Then, I dug into my supply of washi tape....have I mentioned....I LOVE washi tape??? I labeled each pen with a different pattern and passed one out to each of my kids. I am VERY happy to report that four weeks later....not a single pen has been lost. This is nothing short of a miracle for this group of kids! I was worried that their papers would be a complete mess if they used pens, but actually the opposite was true. Their handwriting was neater and I taught them how to draw a single line through a mistake instead of scribbling it out. The result has been peace and harmony in Pencil Land...and I couldn't be happier!
You won't want to miss out on the other fabulous classroom organizational tips given my some of my blogging buddies. Just click on the image above. Also, be sure to stop back by next week as we take a look at Math Workshop.