Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year

Fern Smith's Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the School Year
Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year
Sure, I know we all don't mind buying things for our classroom, a few items here, a few items there...a couple of packs of red construction paper for the cutest Valentine's Day craft you saw on Pinterest the night before. But it is tax time friends, I been busy with receipts and all these "little" purchases add up! I've spent most of my career in Title 1 Schools. I would rather spend my personal money on groceries for the families, clothing, bed sheets, back packs, etc. than construction paper. The key is to order enough with your beginning of the school year money and if you don't get a lot of that, asking parents, business partners and churches for supplies in August when everyone is generous and asking you, "What do you need for your classroom?"
 I've joined up with other Blogger-Friends again this month to write a blog post with only a tip, a useful idea....then when you get a moment you can hop around using our linky below to see all sorts of useful ideas to help you in the classroom.
So, you ask, what is the big deal about construction paper?  
Well, I believe that organization is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher. It is the difference between a great teacher and an excellent teacher. 
We all want to be THAT excellent teacher, the one where the kids are well behaved, they are engaged & learning and still having fun get to leave at 3:30 pm. 
Now close your eyes and picture the exact opposite, that teacher you know in your building that is always looking for the "great lesson she just ran off on the copier" or her keys, or a KID! That one person you know that is "hahaha" always misplacing things. It maybe funny in a 30 minute sitcom, but now when your personal child is in that class and the minutes, hours, days and weeks just tick by with a teacher who doesn't plan well, can find things and constantly tells the kids, "pull out a book for a few minutes" it is no longer funny.
You Don't Want To Be Known As That Teacher! 
Organization doesn't come easy for a lot of people, so start small and things will get better and better. That's why construction paper is a great place to start.
Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year 
FIRST: I recommend ordering/buying the 18 x 24 construction paper. When you need a smaller, 18 x 12 piece, you can cut or slice a page in half. 
SECOND: I recommend stacking them on a storage shelf by what you might use each month. August on the top and June on the bottom. That way what you USUALLY need for August is on the top and easily accessible. Then when you use that, the next month, September, will be on the top for easy access.
THIRD: When you open a pack of 50 pages, whatever is leftover after your activity, place on top of your stack and it will slowly become a stack of assorted pages. So when you need a random selection of colors, for get well cards, or a rainy day recess, it is right on the top for you to quickly grab a handful, instead of having to take the time to pull out a few sheets of blue, a few sheets of pink, a few sheets of red....meanwhile, your class is out of control! 
FOURTH: Here is list of what I recommend ordering, it is based on the different seasonal activities you might do each month. Thanksgiving in November, St. Valentine's Day in February, etc.
 At the end of your school year, you can review and revise it to see if you need more red in February or less dark green in December based on your favorite crafts and activities. If any of this is confusing, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll answer your specific question. :)
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Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year
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  1. Some great ideas I never would have thought of. Thank you so much. I am loving the color recommendations as well.

    1. Thanks for the comment, I'm so glad you "hopped" over today! :)

  2. You are SOOOOO organized! Thanks for sharing your system, Fern!

  3. Such a wonderful idea! I will be borrowing this idea for sure (if you don't mind!) :-)

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  4. Thanks for sharing these great tips for organizing all the construction paper we need to store and deal with!

  5. I prefer 12 x 18 over 9x12. Like you said, you can always cut the larger in half if needed. I arrange the paper on a large cabinet shelf. On the left side are my rainbow colors (ROY G BIV) and on the right I stack the neutrals. I put large odds and ends in the middle (left overs of larger sizes I precut). For smaller leftover scraps, too big to throw away but too small for my cabinet--I put them in a tub at my writing station so kids can access them at any time.

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  7. I was sick of wrinkled and faded construction paper that I never used. Last summer I went down to Home Depot and made my own wooden construction paper organizer specifically for 12X18 paper. The guys at the store thought I was nuts building this. I'm so glad I'm not the only construction paper enthusiast. Thanks for sharing.


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