Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Organization ~ Weekend Warriors ~ Day One

Thanks for joining us Weekend Warriors for day one of October Organization. I hope you can get some ideas from this post for becoming more organized. These are just a few of things I do in my classroom to help myself stay put together.

This summer I decided to get my reading center organized. I made the READ posters and just bought dollar store frames to hang them in. If you want the posters click {HERE}. I got white baskets from the Dollar Tree and bought some chevron tape to make the book baskets. The chalkboard labels have the book levels that are in the basket. I would share those but they are specific to the levels of books in each of my baskets. The boxes on top are our Daily 5 boxes. These boxes are wonderful to keep my students organized. It holds everything they need when they go to their Daily 5 choices.They grab their box and on the wall behind the boxes I put a long strip of masking tape and put their number where their box goes so they know right where to put it. I wasn't sure this would work but it has!

Being organized means that right now I am planned and have copies made for at least the next two weeks. This is how I store my future copies. Simple and cheap, my two favorite words. I took two magazine boxes and cut file folders in half to make dividers. Behind each is the copies for that day.

On Fridays I take the copies from the box and move them to this pocket chart from Scholastic. I have Monday - Friday sections and I just slide the copies in. This way I can look at it during the day to see if I forgot to pass something out or use something I wanted for a specific lesson.

Here is how I organize my monthly materials. I bought 5 large tubs from Wal-Mart and keep two months in each. Sorry about the sloppy picture. My cabinets are not the nicest.

In the tubs I just keep one month on one side and the other month on the other side. As you can see on the right (Short/Long Vowel game) I use large clasp envelopes and laminate the student directions to the front so I can just pull them each month and stick them in a center.

As a thank you for checking out my blog today you can get a fan freebie from my facebook page. Just click on the facebook button below and click on more then fan freebies to download.

 It is a set of skip counting puzzles with a Halloween theme.

Make sure you check out these other great blogs for more October Organization and stop back by tomorrow to see how I organize my reading and math block. Plus if you do, you can snatch up another freebie for reading groups.


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  2. I am totally a visual person and I can see your pocket chart idea working perfectly for me. I enjoyed reading your post Heather! Thank you for the wonderful tips about ways to get organized!

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  3. You have so many amazing organizational ideas all in one place! I love your reading center. All your hard work over the summer paid off!

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