My most asked question:
How do I organize my TpT materials.
I have to be honest with you, it has taken me several attempts to finally get it right.
My storage containers use to be like a Ziploc bag explosion.
I couldn't close the bags because the materials were to big, which meant that I was always missing pieces because they would fall out.
Then I found these. They are the key to how I'm organizing my TpT materials.
They are Pen + Gear Poly Zip document holder. I have been finding them at Walmart for .97 cents.
I taped the direction sheet of each activity to the outside of each ploy zip.
There is plenty of room to hold all of the materials for each activity and the best part, nothing falls out.
They slide nicely into a Sterilite Ultra Latch 30 Qt. Storage Container. I found these at Target.
I'm able to fit in a whole months worth of activities into on storage container.
They also stack nicely for easy access.
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.
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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