Monday, January 23, 2012

Center Organization

I just saw that Lesson Plan Diva was hosting a linky party on center organization, and I just had to join in!  I apologize in advance, but I'm going to have to reuse a lot of my old pictures, because I let my camera at school, so I don't have any of my new pictures.

I store all of my centers in 3-ring binders-the really, really, really big ones and keep my materials in insertable page dividers.  I organize the activities by subject and by unit within the subject, and I've found that this is a really easy way for me to keep organized.

I also keep all of my task cards in Ziploc baggies, so they store nicely in the dividers.

I'm pretty selective on the centers/station activities that I actually have out and available to my students.  There are always a handful of activities for our current topic, as well as a few review activities from different units, but I don't like to have too much out at a time. I organize these into different tubs that I bought from Really Good Stuff.  The were pricy but worth every penny.  I LOVE being able to stack things neatly!
Sorry about the picture!  It was taken while I was still setting up at the beginning of the year.  The tubs that I love are on the top shelf, and the ones on the bottom-not so much, but I'm trying to curb my spending.  I number my math tubs (thanks Debbie Diller), which makes them very interchangeable, so when I want to change station activities, I don't have to relabel everything.

Inside my station tubs is everything my students need to complete the station(s).  I like to include sleeves for recording sheets to save on paper and copies, so I have included wipes and dry erase markers in any storage tub that has a recording sheet.

I can't wait to read everyone's ideas, so be sure to join the party!

16 comments:

The Lesson Plan Diva- Teacher Resources said...

OMG you are so organized! Love it! Thank you for linking up!!!

~Stephanie said...

I love the math station tubs. I have got to get my act together and do that ASAP!

~Stephanie
Teaching in Room 6

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Smart organization!!!
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Carolyn said...

We laminate our recording sheets and use dry erase markers on them!

Lisa at Stories From Second said...

Thanks for sharing your system! I'm dabbling in centers for the first time and have yet to find a system that works! Thanks so much! :)
Lisa
Stories From Second

S. Parker said...

Where do you store your stuff when the kids are finished with the center? Inside the binder itself?

Ashleigh said...

S. Parker,

I store everything that is currently in use in my tubs, so all of station 1 activities are kept in the station 1 tub. My students don't have access to the binders. The binders are for the activities that are not currently in use.

Jamie said...

Oh, I like the wet wipes idea right inside the tub. I'm going to borrow that idea! :) I'll be linking up tomorrow after I take pictures!

Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

Christine said...

Your baggies and boxes look so neat! I only wish I could get everything under control like that! I just found you through the linky party. I am now a follower!

Christine

Hopping into First Grade

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chris said...

Hi!
I would like to use math tubs with my pre k students, but I am not sure what kind of activities to put in them.

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