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Round Rock, Texas, United States
I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

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Because, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

Because, I love it and am called to it!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

What to do when your classroom overflows into your house!

Well, it is just 3 days into my summer and I am already planning for next year. What can I say I am a teachaholic! I also have to tell you that I did not meet my husbands challenge of fitting everything school related into my classroom cabinets (Sigh). Instead I made a deal, instead of a pile in the garage, living room corner and dining room I am going to organize it all into an old tv armoir that we are no longer using and the rest goes (ugh!). I did manage not to bring anything home this year from my classroom and did fit a good amount of what was in the house into the classroom cabinets but there just wasn't enough space.

So, I am starting to plan a new storage system for next year. Everything alike goes together, not a new concept but in a classroom that everything goes in and out each week this could save me a bunch of time. So, first things first, I am going to designate each cabinet for a specific purpose. I have this done to a point but need it more detailed. My major needs being:

Math and Literacy Centers: store in poly folders and envelopes, wipes containers when necessary.
Science Centers: store in Ikea 1.99 plastic stacking bins.
Little People homes and pieces: pieces are stored in zipped linen bags, works great for fitting around the houses.
Manipulatives: organize each box/bucket according to how it fits best with others, largest cabinet. Storage towers with 10 buckets already filled with as many of my manipulatives as I could fit.
Book Bins: buy book specific magazine file type bins to seperate my books by theme and label.
Curriculum: in filing cabinet and cabinet directly above
Miscellaneous: as organized as possible, I'm going to try to have an open cabinet for overflow (we shall see.)


I will start by taking pictures of each of these cabinets organized and hang it on the door with a list of what is inside. Some of my less used supplies will be hidden from view but still need a place to live.

My worse offense is shoving materials into cabinets where they do not belong. I am making a promise to myself! I will no longer allow myself to be lazy at the end of the week! I suppose this is the biggest lesson I have to learn!

Till next time,


3 comments:

  1. I just posted about my scary Teacher Room! =)

    You have great organizational plans! Thank you for sharing them.

    I love the scripture you have on your blog. I have Col 3:23 on mine.

    I love finding others who do see teaching as a calling to serve God and to touch hearts.

    I would love and be blessed if you would hop over and visit me when you got the chance.

    Blessings to you,

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  2. I think we all have that problem! That is one of my summer resolutions-how can we get rid of things that we might be able to use? I have organizational-deficit-disorder! Love your blog-lots of creative ideas! :)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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  3. If only I could control what I want for my classroom. I can't help but pick up fun toys and learning materials. Especially at garage sales! I am so bad, I will eventually get this all together. I'm glad to know I am not the only one! I definatly have ODD too!

    Thanks, Christine

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