Do you have a hard time keeping your classroom labeled?
I know that I struggle to keep my whole classroom labeled at the same time. When I start looking around I always find a label missing or one that is in need of repair.
We all know what a tremendous difference it makes to have our classrooms labeled when it comes to encouraging our little ones to put all the materials away.
It's one of those things that gets away from us or a chore that is always on your list. Label, label, label sometimes it feels that all I do during my prep time.
So here is what I did to help me keep everything labeled with little or no frustration.
I went to Michaels when I had a 60% off coupon and I purchased a photo storage box. You can find these at Michaels or Joanns, but make sure they are on sale or you have a coupon because they are pricy.
Then I labeled all the boxes with the learning center.
Time to sort my pile of classroom labels into their designated box.
One more thing to keep me organized and ready to label at a drop of a hat.
I put everything I need in a desktop organizing caddy.
When I need to label something in my classroom all I need to put in my label caddy is the box of center labels. Hi Ho Hi Ho off to label I go.
You are seeing summer in the horizon, but there is so much to get done before you’re able to walk off into the sun set.
Well I’m here today to give you some tips and tricks on packing up your classroom.
Packing up my classroom is always stressful to me.
How are you supposed to pack up your classroom while you’re still teaching a group of little ones?
Over the years, I have come up with ways that help me not to stress out over do this dirty deed.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you when it comes to packing up your classroom.
Start packing up a little at a time. I like to start a month before the end of the school year. Start by packing up items that you no longer need any more. Then move onto items that the children are no longer interested in. Taking a basket or two off the learning center shelves at a time. The children won’t notice and you are able to place those few baskets back in the storage closet or cabinet without create a huge mess.
Before you start moving things around and pilling things up make sure you take some pictures. Taking pictures will help you set your room back up or if you are planning on making some changes it will help with that too. There is nothing more frustrating than coming back in August only to forget where you had things.
I never have enough room in my storage cabinet or storage closet for all the items in the learning center shelves. So that means packing boxes and closing centers down. Start with centers that you know your children can live without. Place the containers right down in the box and stack them on top of one another. This will save you time in August you won’t need to sort and place items in containers.
Organize Center Labels
As you remove labels from shelving save them. If they are worn out take a picture of the items before placing them in the boxes. This will make relabeling a snap in August.
One Last Scrub
Give items one last scrub before you put them away. The children can help with this part. Turn the sensory table into a toy washing activity. They like helping, after all it’s their classroom too.
Don’t for get to give the shelves one last scrub before you go too.
Homework for Summer
Pack up your home to school bag on last time. As you are cleaning up place items that you know you want with you over summer. Items I like to pack are professional development books, lesson plan book and curriculum guides.
You can’t take home more than what will fit in your school bag.
It’s summer after all.
We are on week 3 organizing children’s portfolios of the 2017 Classroom Organization Challenge Series. Janice from Prek Partner and Kate from ECSE Fun has joined me to bring you our organizational tips and tricks.
As a preschool teacher, we document and record children’s development throughout the year to gain valuable insight into each individual child’s interests and strengths.
This process can be daunting if you do not have a process to collect all of that needed information.
If you have been following me for a while, then you know that I use the learning genie to collect all my information with. This system does allow me to print a portfolio of all their work that has been inputted into the system. However, it's a digital printed portfolio.
With that being said, I still like to collect sample work for each individual child and compile it into a preschool memory book. I feel there is nothing like being able to thumb through your child’s accrual work, being able to touch and see the process that your child went through to create it.
Here is the system that we use to collect information for both the learning genie and the end of the year writing and art memory book.
Everything thing start at my Teacher Command Center.
At the bottom of my command center I have two baskets that holds information that needs to be either inputted into the learning genie or put into the art portfolios.
Thanks to our baskets we know what needs to be filled into art portfolios. Each basket also has color group tags, this allows us to know what group of children’s work samples need to be filled.
When the baskets get full it is time to pull out the portfolio cart. This cart has everything we need on it to put together children’s art portfolios. The cart allows us to work on the portfolios anywhere in the classroom, depending on the time of the day.
On the top of the cart is a tray of all the needed tools to put together portfolios.
On the bottom is a rack of colored construction paper, so that if a sample is to small we can attach it to a sheet of construction paper before putting into our art portfolios.
Child portfolios are organized by color groups. This helps us to find who we are looking for in a snap.
Children’s art portfolios are placed in a half of a file folder with fasteners. So, that means children’s work samples from the beginning of the year will be on the bottom and most current to the top. At the end of the year children will create their own covers for their art portfolio.
Week 3 Digital Life Check List
Print out the portfolio checklist to help you stay on top of the organization process.
I have broken it down into small steps each day to get you the result with little frustration.
Don’t forget to share your progress with us on Instagram. The challenge hashtag is #2017tptprekchallenge or you can tag us so that we can follow along and give encouragement along the way.
We will also be sharing on Facebook so join the conversation and share your progress along the way.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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