Sunday, May 13, 2012

Summer Bucket List

Organization is the theme on my bucket list this summer! I have searched high and low for the best classroom organization tips to make my life just a little bit easier.  I teach pre-k in a portable in a Florida public school and there is only one metal cabinet for storage!  Needless to say, I use my garage and home office to house most of my theme boxes, dramatic play centers, sensory materials, book, games and the list goes on...

I am always looking for organizational tips and tricks and here are a few I found on Pinterest and blogs.

1.  Classroom organization in all classrooms is important, but in pre-k it is essential!  We are changing out manipulatives, centers and themes ALL THE TIME and you must me one step ahead of these kiddos or they will run a muck... Check out these FREE monthly labels HERE.

  Organizing Monthly Materials {Monthly Bin Labels FREEBIE!}:

2. Labeling the classroom in pre-k fosters independence and promotes literacy when the children are taught how to store and return materials using the labels in the classroom.  By using labels with pictures and words, children are able to sort and organize classroom materials. Play to Learn Preschool has fabulous labels for the dramatic play area HERE.

Dramatic Play Kitchen:

3. Picture name tags were a life saver last year! I will be printing the name tags in various sizes once I get my class list this summer. Picture name tags help preschool, pre-k and kindergarten students recognize their own name and their classmates' names easily.  We use them for student name tags, lanyard tags, cubby labels, graphing tags, folder labels and just about anything else you can think of!  You can read more about them HERE.

4 I have been saving water bottle caps for the past year and each summer I make Bottle Cap Names for the students to practice building their names as they learn the letters in their name.  You can read more about it HERE as well as grab a FREE set of Bottle Caps Letter Labels! I print them on different colored card stock so it is easy to keep the names sorted in baggies and not mixed up!

5. The last thing on my summer to do list is reading for professional development. I usually try to make it through two books over the summer.  This year I am going to start with Loose Parts so that I will have time to start collecting some of these things over the summer. I can't wait to learn additional ways to incorporate these things into our day.

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    1. They seem to be a favorite:). Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love the Reading Princess graphics from JW Illustrations. I have them, too. :) I am a new follower.

    April @

  3. I love those cans too!! Hope you have a great summer and get your bucket list knocked out! I just joined the party, so come over when you can!

    Summer Dreaming,

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I followed you too.

    2. Thanks for stopping by. Your blog is adorable.

  4. this is great! Love those cans. I am your newest follower :)

    1. Thanks for following! The cans are on the top of my list!

  5. Congrats! I've given you the One Lovely Blog award. Stop by to check out all the details.

    Vanessa @

  6. I really love the pencil cans!! Thank you so much for linking up!!
    I'm going to try a candy shop at my local mall, and if that fails, I'll try the Internet!! {for the pixie stix}
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

    1. Thanks Teri! I will try the Internet. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. I would love to see Rhode Island and Georgia someday!! Enjoy it!!

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  8. Great list! I'm here in Orlando and our district is not aligning Imagine It for us... so I feel yor pain. I'll be doing CC all.summer.long. Just know you're not alone ;) Thanks for stopping by!

    The Learning Tree

  9. Let me know what you think of the common core as that is something I will be working on over the summer as well!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  10. Your blog is adorable! You followed me; I am following you. Have a great summer.

  11. I just found your blog! It is adorable! I love those cans for your classroom. I may have to try to make them for my classroom as well!

    KinderKids Fun

  12. Thank you for coming over and following my blog! I'm glad you did, because, now I can follow you! Love your blog! Super cute!

  13. You're welcome for the freebie! Thanks for joining my blog! I love yours and am your newest member! When I have more time I'm coming back to find those awesome charts and pencil holders!! How cute are they!!!!

  14. I'm your newest follower! Love, love, LOVE your behavior bingo idea (ok, maybe you said it wasn't YOURS but thanks for sharing it!!) I've gotta book mark that for next year! :):)

    I don't want to even think about writing a summer bucket list. I think it will stress me out!

    The First Grade Splash

  15. Hiya Tammy!

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi and thanks for following me! Your blog is uber cute and I love the first thing on your bucket list! Definitely a cute idea :]

    Miss V's Busy Bees