1. If I didn't use it last year - GET RID OF IT!!
I know that is a super hard rule and maybe I fudged a little BUT oh what a relief to finally say good bye to that pile of chalkboards that no child has ever touched; those cute but poorly written letter books; the fake leather fabric swatches that are never going to be Native American anything; . . . Be brave. You can and should do it too. (Unless you have a huge storage room with lots of open space. I'm sure there is some teacher out there somewhere with this. Well, kinda sure.) Also, if something is missing a piece/part and the piece didn't show up during your cleanse - get rid of it.
2. All new games must fit in a plastic shoebox.
This will enable me to make lots of new games and learning activities and actually have somewhere to put them. Also the additional materials won't turn my room into visual overload. I may even find the game I'm looking for WHEN I'm looking for it.
|My new shelves - already pretty full:( These are Literacy activities.|
|My "magic" storage unit.||This thing held almost all those shoe boxes. Now it has all the puzzles, my ridiculously large collection of Guess Who? games, and TONS more. It rolls out, has space for a basket underneath and was FREE.|
Which probably explains why it is taking me FOREVER to set up my room. I do not want to dig through stuff once school starts. I want to know what I have and where it is.
|We are the "Rainbow Class."|
I have triangle curtains on the windows to the outside and the front hall windows. I decided to spruce them up a little.
|There used to be only the 2 blue pieces. I added the yellow and the bone print fabric at the top. I use magnets on the shade to hold them up. The middle window has 3 coordinating dog prints.|
I'm always looking to improve my system. I have my posters sorted into artist portfolios by subject: Artists, Composers, Science, Seasonal etc. I bought some more portfolios and am going to try sorting by month. This should make taking down and putting up new posters easier - I hope. Until I think of a better idea.