I am so excited about this post! I have just updated my math organization system and have been waiting for an opportunity to share this!
If you are just jumping in my blog for the first time this week, you have come at a great time! It is Organization Week! Each day has a new topic that some of my followers helped me come up with. Today is simply math.
Funny, I say "simply math", yet math is the subject for me that comes with the most things to organize and have readily available. Here is my system:
I keep all of my math manipulatives ready to go in this organizer:
|I have labels on the boxes and underneath them on the shelf so the kids can easily put them back.|
I also LOVE teaching with math games and download so many of them from you fabulous bloggers out there! For a while this was unfortunate, though, because I didn't know how to store them. Here is what I decided to use:
I ended up writing most of these labels, but I made a drawer for each major topic we cover in math. I don't keep loose papers or originals of worksheets or originals of games in here. Those things go in my file cabinet since they can lay flat. In here, I keep games that I made with cards and boards and such that are too bulky for file cabinets. I love having it so easily accessible, because even in the past few weeks I have had a couple of times where I came over to this cart to pull out a different game I realized would help my students better than what I had planned. We started using the curriculum called Investigations last year, and many of the games I made for that are in here as well.
For the games and manipulatives that we use VERY often, I have a different system. Here is what it looks like on my back counter:
Next to the binders is the place where I keep the socks for erasing, counters for the games, and two different kinds of dice-- number and dot. I bought the containers from Hobby Lobby at 50% off, then decorated them with ribbon. Again, I used a clothespin for the label so that I can easily change it out when I need to.
Here are the containers before:
...and here they are after:
I'm sorry it my post got so long with the pictures, but I really wanted to share them all.
Now it's your turn! Link up a blog post or leave a comment with your math organization tips. If you link up, don't forget to grab my button from below!