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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Colors Galore!

I've been organizing, tossing, changing! A chance to stay after summer school and clean without the rush to go home has been nice. Summer school hours are great!!!! It's been relaxing to just spend minutes getting things set for next year.

This is my newly designed storage for the kids' book baskets for independent reading. Most recently it was a storage unit for old math manipulatives I haven't used in a while. I donated them to a new Kindergarten teacher--well placed in her room for her to decide if she wants them. The numbered trays 1-4 will house my math work stations.

And the beginning of my new non-fiction section of the classroom library. I did have this bookcase set perpendicular to the wall which used up valuable floor space. I moved it back (toward the air conditioner/heating unit). It has to sit a few inches out from the unit in order to not cover the vents. I hot glued a small bulletin board--really a foam board from Dollar Tree covered with fabric and border. I can place information about our unit of study on that and have an area for book display also. The baskets are sorted by themes. 

The twin bookcase to the previous mentioned one has been moved below the bulletin board pictured above. I didn't take a pic of it. It houses my fiction "leftover" books that I don't have enough for a basket by theme or author. I'm going to place my literacy station choices on top of that bookcase.

Now, I do feel that I have accomplished something this week.

Tomorrow--I never know what I'll change or organize until I take a glance around the room.

What are you organizing?  Share your thoughts with a link to your blog!!!!


  1. I'm going blue and green this year and love seeing your stuff! Picked up that table cloth at Walmart! Love! I can't wait to see more of your room!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  2. Love the colors you are using! Our summer school is a full day, so when it's done I have gone home. I will have to organize when school begins again in August.
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Blue and green must be the colors of the new school year. I am converting too! Where did you find the book boxes?

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  5. I bought the boxes from Really Good Stuff. They are really durable. (Used classroom $$$ to purchase them!)

  6. Love your colors! I'm using them too...along with my new owl themed packet :) Dollar Tree has tons of baskets to compliment! Thanks for sharing!!

    The Learning Tree

  7. Kimberly, I've been admiring your Owl collection and am planning to purchase it!

  8. I LOVE the blue and green! I've had that combo in my room for the last two years. It is so calming and lovely. I'm keeping it again. It's the first combo I didn't get tired of by January. I need that tablecloth :) I'm hitting WalMart today! Thanks for sharing the photos!

    New Adventures in First Grade

  9. LOVE this idea! I showed it to a few coworkers. feel free to stop by and follow my blog. I'm doing a giveaway soon!


  10. I LOVE your book boxes! I might have to save this year to get them for next! Thanks for sharing!

    First Grade Magic