A Freebie for Classroom Organization

My first day of school is only 9 days away and I have been throwing myself into my classroom trying to get everything “just right.” With my boards and decorations nearly finished, I started to focus on a few organizational details.

First up, labeling my daily bins for organizing all of my teaching materials. I recently acquired these great bins from Lakeshore and they are perfect for storing all of the books, worksheets, art supplies, and various teaching materials I will need throughout the week. I’m sure you use a similar system in your class for keeping organized.

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I created a set of five cards for labeling the bins. They are 3×3″ each and clearly display the initial for each weekday in a fun bold print. You can grab the set for  FREE in my TpT store..

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Next up, labeling coat hooks. My classroom closet holds approximately 50 coat hooks for the class. Each child is assigned 2 hooks. The closet is divided into two parts: the left side is for backpacks and the right side is for jackets (and snow pants in the winter). Each child still receives two hooks, but their hooks are now separated. This new system is wonderful. If a child needs to access his backpack during the day, he no longer has to rifle through a million coats to get there (and knock 5 coats on the floor in the process). Likewise, when it’s time for recess, students head quickly into the left side of the closet and grab jackets without dealing with the additional clutter of backpacks. It’s amazing how one small change can make such a big difference in the classroom.

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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20 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing love it. 🙂 I will be stopping by your blog and TPTP and TN stores often. 🙂
    Marissa
    http:mrstinezskids.blogspot.com

  2. I love the labels for the weekly bins! I have these bins, and in my absent mindedness I wrote the days of the week on the wrong colors, so they don’t match! I’m incredibly bothered by it! You have saved the day with these labels!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Erin
    Creating and teaching

  3. Maria, I have been searching my brain for ideas as to how to organize my daily teaching materials this year. I found your blog and VOILA, you gave me a wonderful idea! I already have the bins so all I have to do is attach your labels and I am set! Thank you!!

    Cindy

  4. Hi Maria,
    I love your lakeshore labels! I was wondering if you have (or are willing to share or put on TPT) that are editable? I have 3 sets of lakeshore tubs and use them for various purposes. Thanks so much. -Kim

  5. Thank you so much! I love the boldness and colors of your labels. I’ve been using M-F folders, but adding supply bins for each day is genius!

  6. HI !! YOU HAVE A WONDERUFL INVITING EQUIPPED CLASSROOM !! THANK YOU FOR SHARING. DO YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE YOUR PRINT IN SPANISH?

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)

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