With the beginning of school coming way faster than I’m admittedly ready for, I’ve finally started brainstorming new ideas to implement in my classroom to help with the never-ending organization struggle. One big hurdle I’ve faced in years past is how to effectively deal with all of the materials that I need to have readily available for my students during center time. You know my pain – so many materials needing to be switched out on a daily basis and there’s never really been a good method for keeping things in their place and in order – until now. I think I may have stumbled on the most awesome tool to help keep me sane and all of the supplies in their own dedicated space and the easiest way to simplify centers!
I loved this particular case that I found at my local Michael’s for a few reasons and knew automatically I had to use it in my small group work. Not only is it a fun, bright magenta, but it’s also double sided and has snap-tight latches so I don’t have to worry about any of the supplies falling out when little hands are carrying it. I created a label for the front of each case; if you’d like to specify which case belongs to which small group, there is plenty of space on the label to do that as well.
I loaded the Creative Options case up with just about any tool my students will need to complete their small group work. Crayons, dice, flashcards, dry erase markers – you name it, I’ve got a spot in there for it. Instead of needing to fish out new supplies for the kiddos each day, the case will remain stocked with the necessary supplies throughout the year. Also, because these cases don’t take up much space, I can have enough for each small group to take their “Center Stuff” case with them as they rotate through their work.
Because kids are not typically born with a strong need to organize, I’ve created a set of labels for the cases so each and every student knows where to return a specific supply to. Simply print the labels on sticker paper and press them in the spaces or if you’re looking for a more long-term option, I’d print them on card stock, laminate them, and stick them down with a bit of hot glue.
There are 18 labels already pre-filled with supplies you might use regularly and extra blank labels for those special things that I might have left out.
Download Here: Center Stuff Labels
I can’t wait to get these bad boys into use and simplify centers in my classroom! How would you use them in your space?
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