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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Getting Your Room Ready for Summer Break

Hey y'all!  I have 7 days of school left!  Eeek!  So excited!  I am in full force cleaning mode...and so are my kids.  Yes, they help me clean, organize, & sort everything in the room from, games, books, manipulatives....you name it, we clean it!  So, that's what we've been doing a lot of this week already.  Plus, this is the perfect time of year to get some extra sunshine (wink, wink).  Some fun things I've planned for this week are bubbles, sidewalk chalk, stuffed friend picnic, popcorn and a movie, AND, we have field day Thursday with all kinds of fun planned by our coach.  Check out Cara's cutie patootie ideas HERE.  She has some wonderful things planned for her kiddos!  Here's a few pictures of how my kids help me organize.

A full Lost and Found Tub = Not good.
 To find where all the "extras" go I have my kids play every game and raise their hand when they are done.  I check each piece to make sure they played it correctly...then I jot down on a sticky note which pieces are missing.  Sometimes, we find pieces in other boxes too...not just the lost and found.  So, as we find missing pieces,  I mark out the piece we found.  
 Sorry for the sideways picture...could NOT get it to turn in blogger...
If a game has all the pieces, it gets a smiley sticky.  I like labeling them so even during summer if I find pieces I know where to look.
 Once games get a smiley, they go on a shelf and aren't touched again...until next school year.
 I wish the shelves in my room looked this good all year long....yeah right.  
My kiddos organize each shelf after we check them, to make them look nice and neat.
This is the finished product. 
 While they were playing their games and finding missing pieces, I was unwrapping our new Reading Series materials and organizing those so I won't have to do that this summer.
 Plus, I've already started running copies and die-cutting things for the beginning of next year!!
Makes me happy!

What do you do to get your room ready for summer?
Have you started looking at your August plans yet?


  1. Looks like you are getting things organized! I hate finding random game pieces! Drives me bonkers! I have been doing a little each day for the past two weeks or so. We have 9.5 days left! Enjoy your last days!

    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT

  2. Love the lost & found w/the stickies idea! Smart!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  3. That bin of things run off for next year makes my heart happy!! Great organizing ideas :)

  4. Curious what reading series you guys just got? Are you guys common core and is your curriculum aligned with CCSS? Our school district hasn't bought a new reading curriculum in at least 6 years that I know of :(

  5. How great to get things organized! We are getting ready for our Kindergarten Graduation program on Tuesday. We just finished our one on one Math testing and are now doing our report evals. that are due on Friday the 30th. Hope to be able to get some organizing done after that. Then on to a relaxing summer?????


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