Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Center Storage and Organization

I’ve tried a couple of different ways to organize my centers and game pieces, but I think I’ve found something that works.  It’s been a year-long process, but I am totally happy with the results!

I use these storage containers that I purchased at Target.  I have seen them in the Really Good Stuff catalog as well.  They are kind of spendy – about $4-5 each, but I thought the investment was worth it. And, like I said, I’ve purchased through out the past year, so it didn’t FEEL like I was spending so much!

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I put each unit into one container – sometimes I am able to fit more than one.  Both math and literacy centers go into the container.

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I keep everything that I might need for that week’s centers in the container.  Center cards, dice inserts, manipulatives, master copies, and answer keys.  I also keep the black line master’s in a file folder in my filing cabinet, but I wanted to have a copy here as well – just in case!

I either clip the pieces together or put everything in a zip top bag.

What works best for you for organizing your center supplies?

37 Notes to the Teacher:

Jessica said...

I recently started buying these containers one at a time myself. They look great!

Jessica
My Different Worlds

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

That's pretty awesome! =)
Jennifer
First Grade Blue SKies

Angela said...

I think this is the perfect size!! Some of my containers are too big. I have seen these, and I think if you do just a few units at a time, it shouldn't be so bad.

Angela
The Daily Alphabet

Mrs. Parker said...

Love this. Great idea.

Elizabeth said...

Not sure if you have a Dollar General in your area but they have these exact containers for sale. If you sign up for their emails they frequently have coupons for $5 off a $25 purchase. It makes it all worth spending a little more on your classroom.

Nicole said...

I did the exact same thing!! I actually asked for a bunch of those bins for Christmas last year, haha! They work wonderfully!
Nicole
Rowdy in Room 300

Mrs. McHaffie said...

aha!!! Genius! :)
Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal

Sarah Hankinson said...

Love it! I've done something similar. I bought brightly colored containers in the dollar section at Target and made labels to specify what is in each basket, then hooked the label to the basket with a plastic word ring (which came free when I ordered my classroom supplies!). By the end of the year, my students would go find the basket that they needed instead of my doing all of the work. It's so much easier on me!

Sarah @ Learning is for Superstars

Mrs. B said...

They look fantastic! I so am in need of reorganization!

J Tilton said...

Your system looks so neat and tidy and way to find. I keep all my games with a copy of the recording sheets in large brown mailing envelopes and then in a box by the nine weeks. But I think I may invest in some more plastic boxes and separate by month. I made binders for each month that has my worksheets and teaching materials.
www.kindertrips.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Good Tip! Thanks for sharing!! I have gotten them to use for some of our leveled books as an easy way to store mini books! Great thinking for storing units!! Soo smart!!

Sarah
shetrick@gmail.com

Sophia said...

That looks awesome! I would have never thought to do that. I may be reorganizing my stuff this year... Thanks for the great idea!

Sophia
How Cute Is This!

Mrs. Cupcake said...

I always see those at Target and think, "Those would be great for centers!" If I can find space for them, I just might have to invest ;)
❤Teri
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Kimberly said...

I'm jealous. I feel like I'm a fairly organized person, but I just can't seem to find a way that works to organize my centers. I might have to try it your way next year.
Kimberly
Funky First Grade Fun

Sue said...

What A Great Idea. Thanks for Sharing!

Sue
The Very Busy Kindergarten

Heather Shelton said...

I am so excited about your post. I am trying to decide how I want to redo my files and I think you just answered it for me. I love this idea. Thank you!
Mrs. Shelton's Kindergarten

Mrs. Shelton said...

I love it! I pinned it. I hope you don't mind. If you do just let me know and I will remove it!!! :) I just didn't want to lose it because I am so doing that next year! :) THanks!

Sarah
Kindergarten Korner

Cindy Lusk said...

WOW!! Love those containers!! I will have to check them out! We are doing math workshop in our summer school this year. My co-worker and I are jumping in feet first to get the ball rolling.

Cindy

All Things Teachery

Kimberly Santana said...

Great idea! Target is the best :)

Kimberly
The Learning Tree

Miss Nelson said...

You did a great job organizing. At the end of the year I just started tossing random pieces that I found stashed behind bookcases. I need to do something with my games. Thanks for sharing.

✿Michele
Miss Nelson's blog

S. Simpson said...

Hmmmm I am really liking those containers. This summer I am organizing like a crazy person, I'll have to keep those in mind. Thanks for sharing,
Stacy

Simpson Superstars

Lisa R. said...

I am loving those containers. I have been going back & forth about whether to organize my themes/units in binders or containers. After seeing this, I'm thinking containers! Looks great! :)

Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Mrs. C said...

I would LOVE to pin this for TBA with your permission. I am going to look in to those containers!

The Teachers Backpack said...

Those containters are awesome. I would love to do that if I have the room. Once I can get back into my room this summer, I might have to reorganize some things to incorporate this idea. Thanks for sharing.

Cara
The Teacher's Backpack

Grade School Giggles said...

I love this idea! I've seen those before and had the same thought, but I haven't splurged on them yet...maybe when the TPT quarter ends.
✿April✿
Grade School Giggles

The Kinder Garden said...

I love the idea! It looks so nice all stacked up, too. I just started organizing my center games into laminated manila envelopes, but I'm going to need a place to store them all. I may have to get bins that are just a tad bigger. Thanks for sharing!

Ziggyfriends said...

I don't know where you are, but I find these at my local Dollar General. They've went up to $4 though. So I innocently add one on to about every other trip for fun stuff, just like you!

Donna

Rose said...

I love these containers. Great idea to just grab a few at a time. Thanks for sharing.
Rose
"The Wonderful World of Kindergarten"

Mrs. McElveen said...

Thanks for the great idea, Kathleen. I've had some of these storage containers sitting in my cart for some time just trying to figure out the best way to use them. This is perfect. I'd love it if you would check out my new blog.

Amy
Who Loves Kindergarten?
whoooloveskindergarten.blogspot.com

Michele said...

I have something very similar. I use scrapbook paper containers from Michael's. They can hold all of my pocketchart goodies, literacy center materials and anything else related to the theme or unit. They are on sale right now for $4.99 ( I agree pricey but worth it).

Angie said...

Could you send me the labels you created? Angelica.diaz2@yahoo.com

Thanks so much!

Mrs. Saoud said...

I'm a bit behind on reading. Yesterday I went to target and purchased the same boxes. My trunk is filled. I like the way these snap and the variety of sizes Target provided. Crazy how similar our minds are!!! =D

Cheryl~

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

I uses these same containers for my math and literacy stations LOVE THEM

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

I uses these same containers for my math and literacy stations LOVE THEM

Sheila said...

This is an awesome idea! I think a trip to Target (or Dollar General) is in the making....

Sheila

Angela said...

Okay - so I'm a little (lot) behind. I have the containers now so organizing it all just became one of my many summer projects. Is there any way you would be willing to sell/share those labels? I see we have many of the same themes.

FCastellanos said...

I am going to use this great idea with my Singapore Math centers.
Thanks so much! :)

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