Let me tell you I am SO excited to be working with more grade levels for the first time in my teaching career- after starting some groups and testing students this week I just really think I’m going to love working with so many grade levels!! (Of course, I still dearly love Kindergarten and 1st Grade- just excited to explore teaching other grade levels!)
Since I’m working with Kdg-4th this year, I realized I needed to update my overall organization of materials for each group. I’m also one of those people who likes to plan and get set up for the whole week (as much as possible) so for me I like to see everything that I’ll need for each day for the week in some sort of organization…otherwise I end up spending too much time each morning running around grabbing things and that just doesn’t work well for me! Plus it also ensures that I’m not wasting any of my precious time with my friends when they are with me.
So, my solution for this year comes straight from the Target Dollar Spot (of course!). 🙂 I don’t even know how many of these accordion files I now own, but they truly have helped keep me so organized in my classroom from keeping all my files stored together by theme to now guided reading group organization!
So all I’m doing is having one accordion file for each grade level with each tab labeled for M-F and then within each tab, I am storing all the materials I need for the day for each group within there. I love that it is all in one place and not spread out all over our room! The guided reading books, graphic organizers and word cards are all small enough to fit within each little tab- amazing!
Anything larger that doesn’t fit within the accordion file I’m just keeping in the nearby buckets for each group/grade.