Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring Cleaning

With Dr. Jean's help, I've found some great ways to organize papers and hang all my poems and songs!

To organize your pages and curriculum I do a days of the week drawer. My aide tears out the papers for the week and puts them in the drawer for the day we will do them. You can also put teaching tools in them. It is a great help, especially when you have a sub. ;)

Another sub idea, burn several daily songs on one c.d. Dr. Jean tells you to do that on her website. I have it marked sub c.d. and put it in my sub folder. That way they don't have to go through all my various c.d.s to find certain songs. This is also a good idea for each month. I started the year with an Aug./Sept. c.d. I had all the beginning of school songs together. You could do that with all your holiday and seasonal songs for the year. I have yet to do the spring songs, but plan on it this summer! ;)

If you are like me, you have LOTS of poems and songs on chart paper. Last year I had trouble finding a way to hang all these and organize them. Dr. Jean to the rescue again!! On her website she said to hang posters and charts from clothes hangers. I bought a large hook and I can hang all my charts for the month from it. After I'm done, I hang them in the closet with a wreath hanger. They stay nice and smooth and organized!!

I think I've mentioned my "clothes line" on the chalk board before, but here it is again. It's so great for drying pictures we've painted and other crafts. I found it at Lakeshore. I don't have tons of table top space for drying so this helps so much! It's also another good way to hang charts on the board for teaching.

I'm into saving space! When you have 22 K kids it's important! I found the wire curtain hanger on my memo board at IKEA. I use small clips to hang notes and updates for the parents outside my door. It's cute and useful!;)

Well, here are just a few of my organizational things! If you have any organizing ideas leave a comment!:)

Happy spring cleaning!!

1 comment:

  1. If i were a teacher, I would do all of these! :)