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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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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Organization for differentiation and a huge giveaway!

In my quest to get organized for next year I have devised a system for differrentiation that I believe will work for me and my kiddos. (If you know me this is a huge step, I am a very disorganized ADHD person!) I am calling this series of blog posts "Organization for Differentiation." I hope you can gleam some insight and share some of your experiences along the way. Also, to kick off this series I will be giving away the biggest piece of the puzzle for me, the drawer tower! This is a $50.00 piece and I will have it sent straight from Amazon to the winner! See the pictures and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.
So, here is the first step for "Organtization for Differentiation" The Tools: 2 drawer towers, dollar store drawer organizers, target dollar spot book bins and center supplies. This is in the very beginning staes and I will be updating you every step of the way. So to begin I have started by deciding what type of books I want on each cart (one cart for math and one for literacy). I am using post its until I decide what type of labels I want to use. On the literacy cart you can see that I have decided to place letter books, sight word books and general reading books as a choice for the children during learining center time.
For my math tower I have decided to place number books, number word books and theme reading on top. Now, most of my supplies to fill these towers are at school so post its will have to do for now. So far I have decided what to do with the first 2 drawers on each tower:
The first drawer on my literacy tower will be the rainbow writing drawer, in this drawer I will have everything a child or small group of children need to complete the assignment. I have ordered 8.5x11 paper holders to also help keep these drawers organized. In my 2nd drawer I will have dry erase mats that start with letter tracing to word writing.
For my math tower I have decided to make the first drawer into a one to one correspondence station and the second drawer into a dry erase number tracing center. Each drawer will allow me to add different worksheets, activities and assessments to make sure each child is on track. I will label each drawer with a number so the children will know which drawer to get out. I plan on having group lessons on how to use each drawer as well before allowing the children to have them on their own. So, now for the exciting giveaway! Enter through rafflecopter below for a chance to win a set of these drawers for your classroom! a Rafflecopter giveaway Good Luck! Christine


  1. Our school uses DIBELS as part of our student assessments and I use those scores to group my kids. I like your idea about using those towers to help each group.

  2. I love organizing and being a special education teacher I differentiate a lot!! I have used plastic drawers and magazine files to help me stay organized. These drawers look great :)

    Thanks For Sharing
    The Resource(ful) Room!

  3. I use plastic drawers just like you do!

  4. I letter my literacy tubs a-k. Everyone can do a-d, then certain groups do the other letters according to skill. They end up being everyone can do the top shelf, then each group has a shelf they can work on with games for their level.

  5. I love those file bins from target!! They are great for all different things, but this idea is wonderful as well!

  6. I like your ideas. This will be my second year teaching preschool. I used trays for each of the centers, but I really LOVE this tower. I wish I had seen it earlier before ordering my classroom supplies!

    Thanks for sharing, I will be sure to keep reading.

  7. Could I use these in my classroom? Um....YES, PLEASE!!!!! What a great giveaway!


  8. I would love to be more organized and these drawers look great!

  9. I too am trying some new organizational things for next school year!

    1. Tina, when you're "finished" in your room, just come on down the hall and work on my room! ;-)

  10. I love your organization ideas! I really want my classroom to be more organized. Maybe this will be the year...I hope!

  11. Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas! I can't wait to post the next series post as soon as the giveaway is over. Maybe another giveaway will join that post as well!

  12. i love using labeled drawers, color coded. I love using algo ziploc bags (color coded, labeled if math or literacy) and hang them with a clip. by color. It is going to be my third year teaching in prek and organization has been difficult!! we use the CC, and hopefully everything will be organized and smoother with the teaching strategies online gold for assessment, which i will have more time to organize activities for on the spot observations!! LOVE LOVE UR IDEA!!!

  13. I LABEL EVERYTHING! Love your centers ideas! Thnaks! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

  14. I love your ideas. I label everything right now. I have a long list of drawer & shelf organizers I would like to purchase this summer.



  15. I have tubs that students use, but I like how you incorporated the little baskets into the drawers. I have one set of drawers, but I like that you have one set for math and another for ELA. I may need to win this so I can have another set :)

    epolston at rowland dot k12 dot ca dot us

  16. I have my books labeled by levels, I have different levels of educational games for the kids to play and spelling lists differ on the ability of the child. :o)


  17. I use centers, books, small group instruction to reach all students at their own level.

  18. I know it isn't anything crazy awesome, but we use boxes from noodles and other dry food products to organize our homeschool "classroom" (dining room/kitchen). It is a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle! :D


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