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.
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..
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.