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Organizing My Books and Math Centres

The awesome Kristen, from Ladybug's Teacher Files, is having an organization linky party to get ready for the new year. I haven't even finished up with THIS year but I'm more than happy to join in:)

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I feel like I'm pretty organized in the classroom, although I have to admit, I'm not organized in a cute colour-coordinated way that many of you are.

I've organized my math centres in a variety of ways over the years, but this is by far the best. I finally splurged and bought this shelf of 10 trays from Michaels. It was quick 'n easy to put together and it's easy to tuck into a corner. I find that 10 centres is more than enough for our needs and I love how all the trays are big enough to hold the games.



Below are my guided reading books. I bought these shelves from Walmart. I can't remember now what I paid but it was very reasonable.

I see that some of my labels have fallen off (sheesh ~ I really need to pretty that up a little:))

I have a lot of books, so some of my drawers are kind of crammed full, but I really like how the books are tucked away under cover. We have a TON of dust in our school, and this keeps them ever so clean!


I hope you join Kristen's party and share the ways YOU organize your classroom.


26 comments

  1. I'm not all that color-coordinated either. I'm organized though just like you. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only un-colour-coordinated person ~ haha:)

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  2. I like things neat and organized! Your systems look great for that. :) I would love to have one of those colored 10 tray shelves!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. I hesitated buying that tray shelf for a while 'cause of the price. But it really is worth it. Thanks for stopping by, Lori.

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  3. Oh Barb, you are so organized! I love it all! We get a lot of dust over the year too, that's why I adore those drawers so much. Thanks for linking up with us, I really appreciate it :) :)

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    1. You're welcome, Kristen. It was fun!!

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  4. I love your guided reading organization! I'm jealous of all of your leveled books. :D

    Brenda
    You Might Be a First Grader….

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    1. Hi Brenda. Those books you see are about 15 years worth of collecting through Scholastic:)

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  5. Hi Barb. I love the colorful cart. I'm thinking of getting one for my new room. :-)

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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    1. They're great. I know you'll love it!

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  6. LOVE your organization! I scored one of those colorful carts from Michaels a few weeks ago at a yard sale for $10! I plan to use it for my centers . You know that was a great deal. Sure glad I saw this post. Great linky party!

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    1. $10! NICE! I think I paid $50 for it. You got a GREAT deal.

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  7. I have been eye-ing up those colourful shelves form Michaels for a while now... Do the drawers come out easily? Do you have your students take the whole drawer out or just what is inside?

    Thanks for sharing your organization ideas! :)

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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    1. Hi Amanda! The drawers DO come out easily but you have to make sure you line them up correctly
      when sliding them back in. The kids can do it, they just have to be shown how. I let
      them take the whole drawer out. It's easier to keep track of the game pieces. :))

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  8. I love how you organize your math centers! Pinning!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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  9. Your math centers drawers are so colorful and FUN! I like that they are "messy" proof.

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    1. Messy proof! I love that. Yes, they are:))

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    1. Thanks Teachie-Peachie! I love that name:)

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  11. I have those colored drawers!! Love them!! You look very organized :)

    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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    1. Those drawers are the greatest. I might have to get another set.

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  12. Barb, Thank you for sharing your great organizational ideas!! I see a trip to Michaels in the very near future!

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    1. You're welcome, Janice. Michaels is a "dangerous" place. Beware! Haha.

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