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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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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Organizing your teacher resources- CVC Teacher Resources and Centers Unit Organization

Hello Everyone, I hope you have all been well. I am home this week recovering from gallbladder surgery which has given me some much needed catch up time for assessments, lesson planning and TpT unit prep and organization. I have been working on a series of teacher resources for introducing and teaching vowels sound and blends/digraphs. I posted about my Digraph/Initial Blend unit last week and have now listed a short vowel unit. I will hopefully have the long vowel unit finished up here in the next few days. Each of these units take some prep and if you are like me card stock and laminating are an obsession. However, this prep pays of with colorful, engaging resources that children can use for years. Each of these resources is color coded and have cohesive posters and resources that the children find easy to follow. Since these are large units with lots of color you will want to make sure to protect your investment by organizing them in a way that keeps everything together and right at your fingertips. So, here is my suggestion: first I purchased a set of 50 poly envelopes form amazon.com for a few dollars. I had these left over from some organization projects I had done last year in my classroom and they are perfect because they come in a variety of colors that can be matched to the set you are organizing. Here is a picture:
So, once I printed, laminated and trimmed all of my resources I made a pile of each color/vowel resource. I have used the "u" set to show you what is included for each letter. There was no yellow poly envelope so I used a white one which you can see through so there is no question as to what is inside.
Each envelope has 2 pockets: one open and one with a snap. I placed all of the posters and center boards in the open pocket. Then I took the ABC pieces, binder ring resources, picture/words cards, sentence strips and pocket chart header inside the large snap pocket for safe keeping. This way I can easily grab one of the posters without disturbing the smaller loose pieces. I also placed the task cards you see on the tongue depressors into the blue "A" envelope since that is the first envelope I will be using. I will keep the task cards out from the start to the end of this unit and pull them at random to challenge the class to think about using the sounds and identifying them. The envelope then slips easily into my filing cabinet for easy finding when needed. You can find all of these resources in my CVC Short Vowel Teacher Resource and Center Unit and my Digraph/Initial Blend Teacher Resources and Centers Unit. Till next time!

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