Classroom systems that I couldn’t live without:
School Supply Organization
These are our community supply buckets. A little overboard with the color-coding? I mean, I don’t think so 😉 These caddies are from Hobby Lobby. the cups were silver metal ones from Dollar Tree, and the markers are color coded with washi tape. I made the labels using PowerPoint and my handy dandy laminating machine.
Classroom Jobs & Economy
During the first last Morning Meeting of the month, they “apply” for their new classroom job. They used to switch jobs each week, but it was difficult for them to remember who was the new Door Holder, or who needed to be turning out the lights? So they voted to keep the same job for a whole month. Now they fill out a monthly “job application” and get “paychecks” (Class Dojo Points) every Friday.
Language Arts Workshops
After recess, we start with a quick Language Arts lesson and then jump into workshops. We post all of our current sight words and other skills on the whiteboard. At the end of the week, we move the sight word to our word wall on the cabinet doors. At the end of the month, we move our writing skill to our Writing Checklist near the student tables (where they write their journals every morning).
“Work at Rest Time” System
This is one of my favorite parts of the room! On the white board, we also have a turquoise pocket chart from Target where children can “sign up” to spend time working with me during rest time. Believe it or not, they actually watch this board like hawks so they can add their names when a spot opens up! What do we do? Either guided reading or Miss Decarbo’s ELA Intervention binders. They love them both!
Parent Communication Folders
On Thursdays, I hand out our weekly Parent Communication Folders to the children, and they transfer their work from the baskets to their folders. I spend a lot of time supporting them at the beginning of the year, and around October, most of them can transfer their work independently!
Then they put the folders in their backpacks so everything is ready to go at dismissal! After workshops, we clean up our classroom and prepare for lunch, specials, rest, and second recess. I love the Learning in Wonderland monthly calendar and newsletter!
Afternoon is usually when last minute emails from parents about changes in transportation. Having the clips is a quick and easy way to make the updates! Each child’s clothes pin is clipped onto the correct method of transportation. I also keep a dry-erase board with “enrichments” (after school activiteis) schedule by the door, to keep up with who stays late and on what days.