I'm so excited to share my FIRST guest post! Mary Amoson of Sharing Kindergarten is my super star today! I ♥love organization and she has some wonderful ideas to share with you!~Fern
HI! This is Mary from Sharing Kindergarten. My school year is almost done and I LOVE to leave the year with organized files and units. I always straighten things up in post planning.
The best thing about teaching Kindergarten is how much freedom I have to cover standards. The bad thing is... I have a TON of stuff. I use a Rubbermaid tube for each weekly unit. I use smaller tubs so I can lift them easily and because I can purchase clear ones.
I always label them from the inside, but so I can see them from the outside. Pictures work great as well.
When I open the lid, I have each day labeled when applicable. This is typical for a science or social studies tub since the ideas and activities build on one another. For holidays, these files usually say Math, Graphing, Fun, Readers, etc. I put the books at the end of the files. I use my books in my book baskets long after I teach using them, so I file them away later. This is what works for me.
Lastly, I place them on my shelves. They are all in order according to when I use them. This rocks because I can put one tub on the shelf and grab the next one.
Since I go through them all at the end of each school year, I also take time to put all lost items away, returned items other teachers' borrow, and purge all the items I no longer need.
Do you go through your buns/tubs/storage at the end of each school year too? What unit do you have the MOST items for? I think I have 4 tubs for Christmas alone!