Organization Tips and Tricks
It is never too late to try and get organized. Over the years I have tried many different ways to do that and I think I finally found a way over the past few years that has finally gotten me organized. Ok so it took me some years of moving from classroom to classroom before I figured it out, they say it’s never too late to learn.
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Flannel Board Stories
I use a Clear-View three ring binder (three inch) to hold all my flannel board stories that I use on a regular bases. I cut down a gallon zip lock bag from the bottom end so that it will fit in the binder, next I cut a sheet of card stock so that it will slide into the zip lock bag leaving a little hanging out the end that you cut. Once that is done I use clear packing tape and tape the cut end closed. After the bag has been reinforced with the packing tape I punch holes in the zip bag with a three hole punch. Each flannel board story is placed in its own pouch and labeled with the name of the story. I also print out the story or finger play song on a sheet of paper and place it in a page protector and place that in front of the story or finger play song. This is helpful for subs, if you have a story in your lesson plan that they are not familiar with they can read the story as they use the pieces to the flannel board story.
I use a Clear-View three ring binder to keep all of my lesson plan themes in. When you open up the binder you find in the front my lesson plan for the week, followed by a book list with all of the books that could be used with this lesson plan theme. Also in the binder you will find all the lesson plan support material and ideas.
Here is what I keep in the binder…
Word Wall Cards
Finger Play songs with props
Flannel Board Stories
When I come across ideas in my resource books that will go with a theme that I am working on I will make a copy of that idea to place in my binder. This helps me save time for the next time I use that theme. This way I do not have to go through all of my resource books again it is all right there. Also when I find a song or idea from the internet I will print that ideas and place it in the binder. This keeps everything together and saves valuable time.
Teachers Pay Teachers Theme Lesson Plans
Teachers Notebook Theme Lesson Plans
Lesson Theme Boxes
Each Theme Box has a lesson plan binder. I try to use the same size clear plastic box for each theme, this allows me to stack them easily in a storage area.
Here is what I put in the box
Props for Dramatic Play
Props for the Block Area
Theme related books
Pocket Chart Activities
Theme related counters
Word Card Rings
Sound Cups for letter that goes with theme
I collect a lot of the children’s work through out the year so that I can see where each child is at. I place all of this sample work into their portfolios for future assessment and individual lesson planning. My portfolios are made out of 12” x 16” tag board. I staple two sheet of the tag board together to form a large pocket. I then staple a tap of paper with the child’s name, DOB and Enrollment date. I file the children’s portfolios in alphabetical order to make it easer to file their work. At the end of the year I take all of the sample work and make a book for the parents.
When you do a writing activity daily or even weekly you wind up with a whole lot of papers that need to be filed. Not always my strong suit. I now have three plastic hanging file boxes for each group. The children find their name and file their own writing work. When the child feels that their book is done we help them turn it into a book that can then be taken home or placed in our book nook in the classroom to share with other friends.
How to Make a Zip Pocket Holder for Binder
I cut down a gallon zip lock bag from the bottom end so that it will fit in the binder, next I cut a sheet of card stock so that it will slide into the zip lock bag leaving a little hanging out the end that you cut. Once that is done I use clear packing tape and tape the cut end closed. After the bag has been reinforced with the packing tape I punch holes in the zip bag with a three hole punch.