As you can tell from my blog, I really do most of my planning on the weekends. During the week I have a rough idea, but the down and dirty planning happens on the weekends.
Confession #1: I am NOT an organized person by nature. You should see my closet at home… FRIGHTENING! I really have to work at it.
Confession #2: I am not very efficient. I really envy those who can plan a whole week’s activity during their plan time. I seem to just manage a trip to the restroom and a walk down to our book room to swap out my guided reading books. I do NOT know how they do it.
So Sunday evening things look like this. I put all my stuff to copy in a purple folder. All stations are prepared and placed in my “Monday bag”. Then my lesson plans and other hucka-mucka (camera, lunchbag…yada, yada, yada) go in my “Everyday bag”.
I get to school usually at 7am on Mondays. This gives me an hour before kids start to get my act together. My first stop is the copy room where I do all my copying, collating, stapling… This usually takes 15 minutes. This puts me in my room about 7:15ish.
All of my station bins are left empty on Friday (usually), so they are easy to fill. I leave the lids off and under the bins on Friday. I look at my station plans lists and quickly fill the bins.
I store my teaching materials in two places. The purple bins above my cabinets (purple is all color in the kindergarten hall… it is not my favorite color, but I can live with it) and a 4 drawer file cabinet. I attach my black line masters to my lesson plans. I am hoping by doing this, I will be more efficient next year… HA! Like THAT will ever happen.
I am not in love with how I store my books for my themes(in the purple bins). It never seems to fail. I think I have a book waiting for me in that bin and when I haul it down, I can’t find it. I need a better system. I will need to think on this.
So… THAT is how I keep my station materials organized. I would love to hear back from you. How do you keep it all together? Please… no crickets… comment, comment, comment!