Organizing Community Supplies

Every teacher experiences it. That moment when you're in the middle of a great teachable moment, and then you get interrupted with "Mrs. Sullins, I need some more glue".... Moment GONE!



Here's My Solution

(All supplies/storage found at Target)


In my classroom, we have an Extra Supply Area. It is very similar to a lost and found. What I absolutely LOVE about this area is that it empowers the students to take care of their own supplies. If their glue runs dry, they throw it away and get a new one. If they find an extra eraser on the ground, they put it in the eraser bucket.





It really helps me out as a teacher by keeping the room clean. PLUS, the students feel empowered because they are being helpers and good citizens.

Extra Storage




Let's be logical. All of those glue sticks that your lovely students bring you at the beginning of the year aren't going to fit in a three inch metal bucket. Where do I store the extras? In the drawers below the Extra Supply Area. Students are responsible for refilling the extra supply buckets when they are empty. Again, empowered students and one happy teacher.


How do you organize extra supplies?

8 comments

  1. Love this idea! :) There are constantly crayons rolling around on the floor while students are simultaneously asking for a specific color. I wish I had storage drawers like that!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Fervent First Grade Frenzy

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    1. Delaney,

      Thank you so much for the sweet feedback! I get the same response from kids ALL the time! "I don't have a red, does this count as blue??". It has definitely cut down on the length of those conversations because my answer is ALWAYS "go check the extra crayons".

      Kristen

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  2. Did you just get a makeover!? Adorable :)

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  3. Love these ideas for organization. It's so important to help your classroom run smoothly! I came across your blog on Hanging Around in Primary's #littlefishteacherblogger...check out my blog: Mrs.Presuttis1stGradeCuties

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    1. Megan,

      I agree so much about doing thing to keep your classroom running smoothly! I'm on my way to your blog now!

      Kristen

      Kristen

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  4. I love your organization tips. I made the crayon drawers last year. Genius idea! It is so important to have things where kids can find them and not have to ask you all the time.

    Thank you for linking up with #littlefishteacherblogger on my page.

    Christina
    Hanging Around In Primary

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    1. Christina,

      Thank you so much. If there is one thing I know how to do, it's organize, lol.

      Thank YOU for creating the #littlefishteacherblogger opportunity for all of us! I look forward to connecting with you and all of the other little fish in the future!

      Kristen

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  5. Love this idea, especially the crayon drawers! I definitely need to do that this year. Thanks for the great tips!

    Kristi
    Teaching in the Tropics

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