As you know by now, I love bright colors, polka dots, and organizing! I thought I’d share with you how my room is set up so that everything has a spot and is easy to find. My students learn really quick that Mrs. Lynch likes a clean room. 🙂 Even 5 year olds can be responsible and organized if you are willing to teach them.
Get Yourself Organized
This Summer I organized all of my reading and math games, worksheets, and files into containers by skill. This will make is SO much easier to find what I need instead of digging through monthly files trying to find a rhyming game. I also organized all of my craft & office supplies too. The tubs all came from Target during back to school season. The medium tubs are 2/$5.99 and the small tubs are 5/$5.99.
Get Your Students Organized
Right when my students come in, they put their folder into the correct basket and get out any notes/money they need to turn in. This makes them responsible and save me time from having to check folders. Isn’t the tablecloth adorable, another Target find!
Each table has a supply basket that holds individual student supply boxes. This helps keep germs aways and students don’t fight over the supplies anymore. I haven’t yet, but will label the top of the box with a sticker with their student number, so they can see which box is theirs. Each basket has a colored “supplies” label that corresponds to their table color. When students get new seats, they will just take their supply box with them to the new table.
More Classroom Tips
One of the favorite places for my students to go is the writing center. I think this is because I provide so many fun things at the writing center that they don’t get to use during typical writing time. I have crayons, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, writing paper, copy paper, “how to draw” books from Usborne Books, kid dictionary, stencils, stickers, etc.
I use pictures of the students for my birthday board. Each kid holds a cake with the number of their birthday on it. This make it more personal for students and gives them a visual of who’s birthday month it is.