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3/15/14 12:08 P

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I'm another preschool teacher with a similar problem and I'm trying to get organized too. What I've seen my fellow preschool teachers to is one of the following:

1) monthly plastic bins
2) themed plastic bins
3) everything digitized on the computer

Me) mish-mash of all of the above emoticon plus a filing cabinet of alphabetized theme, alphabet, and number lesson files which a few long-term subs have gone through and thrown things back in without refiling.

Sorry, I'm kind of venting. I have panic attacks at the beginning of every week trying to find materials for the week.

Anyway, I am working on keeping file folders on my work computer now to avoid looking through the messy filing cabinet for templates and lessons. I am also going to spend some time each week sorting through bins and boxes at home and at work. Thanks for starting this thread and Sparkmailing it to me. I like the ideas everyone is providing and will be using some of them.

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http://www.tips-for-teachers.com/gettingor
ganized.htm#File%20Cabinets

I found this link and read it all the way through. It takes a few hours, but sounds like
it would work for pre-k teacher for years to come.


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To the Pre-K teacher.

I have used this in Pre-school teaching and in homeschooling:

There are two ways, you can use one or both separately. Unit Study and Lapboooking:

Have you considered Unit Study, or even a lap book? You could break your stuff into unit study groups and find all your stuff this way. Do you know what Unit Study is or do you know what a "Lap Book" is? They are different, but you can use one or both of them. They use it in homeschooling. It's where, for instance, if you have the letter "A" and you want to teach all about the letter "A", you make a folder or a notebook or a book you can put on your lap. all about the letter "A". Not only is the letter "A" put in a category, but you can wrap a lesson around it, or all the lessons you want to have. Each time you come up with another lesson you can add to the notebook. You could start with a box centering on the letter "A" and then arrange your notebook later. You can be as creative as you want. I like this method, because it is fun,creative and it has all the lessons you need to do in advance. You can put all your lesson plans in the front or the back in index form.

What do you think?

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Here it is as a clickable link: www.abowlfulloflemons.net

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This may or may not be practical for your situation. But, there are some organizational ideas on here, regardless:

http://www.abowlfulloflemons.net




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If you keep your supplies in a climate-controlled part of the house, I'd actually suggest looking into comic book collectors' supplies: specifically collection boxes/box drawers. They're heavy duty cardboard boxes that are the right size for most books, but with the "box drawers" it's cardboard sleeves they slide into so the boxes can be slid forward like filing cabinets. "Short boxes" are about a foot and a half long, height and width about the size of a book, and "Short boxes" are about a foot and a half deep, same height and width. It could prove to be practical because there's no lifting/rearranging of boxes to get to the things stored on the bottom, and you can start with as many as you like, then as you need more stuff stored, individual boxes can be added. They're easy to label, and I use my comic boxes for LOTS of different storage solutions.

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This link shows a stack of the short-box drawers in use.

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For the posters, I'd try a gift wrap storage container. A lot of the above mentioned ideas are great. I know when my grandma was a teacher before the digital age. She used small clear plastic containers with clear labels. It helped her have small containers because she didn't have to look through large containers to find one small thing. Also she used a lot of clear zip lock bags for the letters that went with the posters and paper clipped them together.

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One of the things that helped me was.... Plastic page savers. You can buy these at Dollar Tree. I put a page I want to save in these and then in a large notebook. As for your other items, I like the large plastic tubs for storage.

Good luck.

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You have a ton of good suggestions here-I would ad to it a suggestion that you develop a cross/filing system
A simple one would be to number each letter plan and use the same number on each component of the plan,s activity.
Lesson plan #1 would then correspond with poster #1 and perhaps a packet of worksheets labeled #1 along with a game labeled #1. I realize that every lesson plan would not have all those components. You could use this by subject also, for instance, your Art lesson plan could be A#1, Math M#1, etc.
If you use a box for posters, file them in numerical order. Store bags or envelopes in numerical order, etc.
If an activity is used in several lesson plans, say #1, 3, & 5- set it up as #1, and on the #3 & #5 lesson plan, note that the #1 activity is used.
A good storage system will save you a ton of time and even more frustration.
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I digitalize as much as possible, it will take a while but then you just need to click on your folders and print out!



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I would suggest plastic boxes as opposed to cardboard
and for the books and all paper stuff. Bugs and mice and
other critters like to eat cardboard. The materials inside are
then also protected from water.

As you are packing the boxes, write everything onto
a sheet of paper that you are putting into each box.
Then, lay it on top of the box. right under the lid.
Make at least one copy of it as well and file it in
your files under basement boxes or something like that.

You can also use # like #1 #2 ect,. One way I do mine
is with a wide piece of masking tape and permanent
marker. Put it on the side (the number of the box, plus
contents} that will face out so you can see it at a glance.

I also put at least one plastic box under each stack with
stuff that won't be hurt by water, or leave the box empty
if you need to.

I don't know if they make anything to hold the large
things but you might be able to find a plastic container
for posters{maybe an under bed one.}

It sounds like a lot of work, but when you are done,
you will never have to do it again.


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I used to be an activity coordinator for a nursing home sounds similar to keeping ideas and projects for class continuity. I chose to keep a data base sorted by the various components ie: supplies available (what was needed for the craft or project); skill level; time constraint; Holiday; etc.

Supply: if we got donations with an over abundance of a certain supply I could locate the "Plan" via my database resource

The other thing I did was I often resorted to a few software document "boiler plates forms', limiting my need for duplication of plans. The data that was kept on my PC could be cut and pasted into my reports and charting or any new plan. My soft file organizing was key here if you would like me to elaborate on file directory organizing reply to me directly. I will provide you with an example of the file directory structures I employed.

Most importantly when I could I WOULD NOT keep any hard copies if I did not need them. Reason being, the internet is full of crafting and lesson plan data, why keep stuff you may never need again or can't find as in your case have to cope with an overload of paper.

I hope this helps

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Hi! I'm not a teacher but I am a librarian. It sounds like you have several categories of materials. My suggestion is bookshelf space for books arranged by subject, title, author. Posters in a taller unit & a filing cabinet for other materials. Each type of material ordered by subject and ALL units within close proximity of each other. As you get a unit organized, I'd suggest a listing of materials. If you use an Excel spreadsheet, you can sort by subject followed by location. Hope this helps... Baby steps, my friend.

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I'm a pre-k teacher and I need help organizing all the paperwork that one collects from year to year. I have several boxes with books, posters, activities and what ever else. Anyone have a good organization plan I would greatly appreciate it. I've been thinking perhaps buying a filling cabinet like the one I saw on Alejandra Costello's website, and on youtube.
help!!!
My basement is a mess and every week finding all the activities that go with each lesson plan takes a good hour to find.

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For those with no kids, just set this up for you. Make a list of chores you need to do on your computer (or white board). Make sure you have an escape plan,... Or just work on an area you need this week.

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I'm in, thanks for the list!

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Being single and with no children, I'll skip this one. ;P



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some good ideas here. I'm going to share this with my hubby and come up with a more organized plan for the kiddos' chores now that they are getting old enough. Thanks for sharing!

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Are you always begging the kids to take out the trash or clean their rooms? This week, our mini-challenges focus on teaching organizing skills to the family... specifically your children.

1) Make a list of “jobs” Gather the family together and brainstorm a list of household jobs that need to be accomplished each week. The list should include common household chores like: taking out the trash, vacuuming, picking-up, setting and clearing the table, doing the dishes and sweeping the kitchen floor. Next, assign a member of the family to each task along with the date the job needs to be finished.

2) Create a job chart On the computer (dry erase boards work well too), create an official Job Chart list that can be hung on the fridge, bulletin board or other designated space. Review with your family each of their assigned duties as well as your expectations for each job. (Parents: Work together with your child on their chore until your child has it down pat. By doing so, you’re showing them how you want the job done.)

3) Create a child-friendly filing system Buy an accordion file folder for each child, and teach them how to file their personal papers. For instance, the file folders could be labeled as artwork, blank paper, sports’ pictures, princess pictures, letters from friends, etc.

4) Post an Exit Checklist Make a table on a sheet of paper. Across the top, include family member names. Down the left, include things that need to be taken on car trips or to school, like books, snacks, lunch box, backpack, boots, etc. Everybody has to check the list before leaving, so there is no backtracking required.

5) Schedule a 10-minute pick-up Schedule a consistent 10 minute pick-up session each night. Set a timer and make each family responsible for picking-up their items around the house and putting them away in their bedrooms, or wherever they belong. Once the alarm rings, give a round of applause.
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