Molly's Top Five Tips to Get Your Classroom Ready for the Fall!

This morning's post comes from my friend Molly!
Hi everyone! This is Molly from Lessons with Laughter and I am SO excited to be guest posting for Fern today! I teach 4th grade and love classroom organization, books, and creative ideas that help make my classroom a bright & cheerful home away from home!

I have so much I want to do this summer to get my classroom ready for next year, but of course it seems like there's never enough time! I made a list of 5 tips to get your classroom ready for fall that are at the top of my list this summer!

1. Re-visit your classroom library! 
I know I collect (and buy) all kinds of new books during the school year, and by the end of the year I usually forget which books I have and which books are still on my wish list! Summer is a great time to spend a day going through the books in your classroom library, reorganizing, and just seeing what you have! I know my basket labels had a little lot of wear and tear this year, so I am going to be redoing them to make sure they are neat and ready to go in August!

2. Keep your eyes out for some cute picture frames to display pictures and students' work throughout the year.
I love having picture frames in my classroom! I have several colorful frames that I use to display class pictures from field trips and school events, as well as a simple black frame for every student to display their work throughout the year. I get mine on sale from places like Target. IKEA also has great deals on picture frames!

3. Clean out your desk!
I know that at least for me, my desk starts out super clean and organized at the beginning of the year, and by the end of the year, it is hard to find what I'm looking for! I started out by making a teacher toolkit organizer, which has helped tremendously with keeping my things in place! I'm also making sure to go through and get rid of all those old notes and reminders that I have just piling up in my desk!

4. Haven't touched it in a couple years? 
Donate it!
As teachers, most of us welcome donations and things left behind from retiring teachers... I know I am guilty of this myself! I love getting free stuff, usually thinking that I will eventually figure out something to use if for. Well, many times I end up completely forgetting I even have them, and they just sit in my classroom closets, or on the shelves taking up space and gathering dust! This summer I am going to use the "haven't touched it, don't need it" rule! I still have boxes of wonderful books stored in my garage that I don't have space for in my classroom, so I am really going to try to clear out things I haven't used this past year or two to make way for the materials that I will use!

5. Relax!
Summer is a great time for getting ready for the next school year, but it is important to take a break and enjoy summer! Whether it's spending time with family, hanging out by the pool or at the beach, going on a vacation, or reading a good book, make sure you take time this summer to celebrate what a fabulous job you did the previous year and enjoy a little time off after months of hard work!

What's on the top of your list to get your classroom ready for next year?
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  1. Thanks for the great tips especially for picture frames. I now have a huge list for the Dollar Tree when I go shopping before school starts.

    Deb at Fabulously First
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  2. Why don't I have a pen handy? Guess I'll have to pin it the tips!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade


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