Thursday, July 28, 2016

5 Tips For a Successful First Day of School

The first of school can be chaotic for your kindergarteners, their parents and for you, especially if you are a brand new teacher. I have 5 tips that can help you have a successful first day of school. 
Start the first day off school of right with these 5 tips to help you have a successful year.
Different teachers have different feelings about this… Here is how we do it at our school.  Parents do not enter the classroom on the first day. We found that we couldn’t get them to leave, children started to cling to parents then it created a chain reaction one would start crying and others would think oh they are crying I should be crying too..  We tell the kids to turn and wave goodbye to their parents as they enter. We invite parents into the room at pick-up time. 

Tip # 1 Name-Tags
Place name tags outside your classroom door for parents to place on students before they enter the classroom.
Have your name-tags ready and placed outside your classroom door.  Don’t wait and try to put them on inside the classroom.  Let the parents do the work for you.  I place a pocket chart outside my door holding all of my name-tag lanyards.  There is a note that explains exactly what to do.    This way when the students enter my classroom I am able to greet each student by their first name.  “Good morning Mary, Welcome, it’s so nice to meet you”.  Being able to “know” their names also helps to calm some of their fears.
***Have extra blank name-tags for last minute student enrollments

Tip #2 Starting Your Day
Have math manipulatives on the tables first thing- this creates a welcoming environment for students who may be hesitant or afraid.
Start the day with table activities. I always start out with math manipulatives such as pattern blocks, linking cubes, bear counters and puzzles.  Students see these as fun activities and may feel more comfortable entering the classroom. 

Tip #3 Snacks
Be prepared to have extra snacks on hand for those who may not bring one the first few days of school
Have extra snacks. Believe it or not, not all parents know to send food to school with their children.  I buy a box of Ritz crackers or have Goldfish crackers already to go in ziplock baggies.  I keep them aside and them hand out once I see who needs food. 

Tip #4 Over Plan
Over plan- its better to have too much then not enough
Plan too much. It is too hard to guess how much you will need those first few days. Sometimes you have too much, but what you never want is to not have enough.  It's ok if you don't get to everything, you can just push it to the next day.  Also books, songs,  and movement activities are great time fillers. Also have all of your materials ready to go in the order you need them and easily accessible.  Kindergarteners can't wait for you to run back to your desk to grab materials.

Tip #5 Establish Rules From Day One
Begin your class rules form the first day.  Whole Brain Teaching Rules are simple and these posters are Free
Don't be afraid to establish rules and boundaries from the start.  From the moment you invite students to the carpet to sit, let them know the expectations for sitting.  They won't know unless you tell them.  I actually have a poster that I use to show my students just how I want them to sit.  Then I invite my students to see if they can sit like the students in the poster.  I try to make it a game.  1-2-3 sit  great!!! let's try again  I also use many of the techniques from Whole Brain Teaching such as Eyes and Hands.    These are really the only classroom rules I have and use.  You can grab my Free WBT posters in my TpT store. The book

Whole Brain Teaching Free Posters available for Download at Teachers Pay Teachers
Here is a poster I use. It is from my Back to School Rules set on TpT You can download the poster by clicking on it or you can purchase the entire set from my TpT store. Enjoy!!!
Rug Rules Free poster to demonstrate how to sit on the carpet
Back to School Rules create your classroom rules with this poster set

I asked the members of my Teacher Facebook Group to share their tips for New Teachers and here is what they said.  IF you would like to our group click the picture
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Jen Jarvis To make a list of things to accomplish- bathroom, lining up, sitting at the carpet, introduce yourself (I always make a PowerPoint with pictures- golf ball, book, my dogs, football, me and my husband, a tent, etc) so they can guess what I like and learn about me, let them introduce themselves, learn how to "play at recess," read a few stories, and plan a few activities- which may very well get pushed back to day 2

Rosey Aldana Krauel Don't take any routine, no matter how small it may seem to us, for granted. Some will come in with preschool experiences but for many others, this is the first time in a school setting.

Katie Griswold Cafeteria routines and procedures!! A make or break.... how to hold a tray with two hands... how to open milk... I get a tray from the cafe and set up a pretend lunch line with food from my kitchen Center and we practice.... usually I can snag a real milk and spoon pack and ketchup packets from the cafeteria for our pretend lunch line.

Sandy Johnson Procedures procedures, procedures and more procedures. Be waaaaay over planned. Expect to be exhausted beyond belief for the first month. Welcome to the BEST calling ever.

Kelli Hadley Mccarver In between learning all the procedures Etc have something memorable planned. Fun activity that they won't forget. Our teachers go on a school hunt looking for "who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?" The office, lunchroom, nurse station etc all participate as they learn the school.

Sabrina Terry BEFORE the first day talk with parent or guardian about how their child will get HOME FROM school. Have tags pre made (laminated) and put them on their backpacks and tell parents you are doing this so please DON'T remove them. On these tags (Google get home tags) put how they get home bus#--, car, walker (terrifies me), etc ALSO add their name and teachers name. This way anyone in your school knows where that child belongs after school or before school. And when you leave your room you can look at each child's backpack and know where they go. If a child has a change from that tag I tape a sticky note to it with the date on it. This lets me and anyone else in the school know what that child is doing. I am terrified of misplacing a kid because of changes. 

Marcy Pollinger Di Eduardo Take it slow... Don't plan for more than you all can handle. Your pace will be slower those first few days... Don't stress yourself out by trying to jam too much in. Have a morning and afternoon playtime.. If you're full day.  Model model model your expectations... Don't just tell them... SHOW THEM!
Oh yeah... Have fun!

Tamara Morrison Patience, parents have lots of concerns of leaving their child. Make things simple and don't expect miracles. Be stern kids need to know you have rules from day one. It's the best job in the world you will love it.

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Keep checking back I have several other back to school Freebies to share and tips to help get your year started off smoothly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Creating a Writing Center in Kindergarten

Setting up and creating a successful writing center in kindergarten takes time and practice.  The writing center in kindergarten in something that is always changing.  In the beginning it might start out with play-doh, rice or sand  and as time moves on it will eventually move towards the end goal of traditional paper and pencil.
Creating a Writing Center in Kindergarten: How to set up from the beginning of the school year
I teach writing whole group and small group.  I do a lot of whole group instruction in the beginning mostly through my morning message, then moving into the writing block.  I try to make it fun and interactive, demonstrating the importance of neatness, reminding my students that there is to be no "scribble scrabble" when coloring.  The very first piece of writing they do in a self portrait.  We do this on the first day of school.  This is a great way for me to assess their writing abilities.  I can tell a lot by their self portrait.

The majority of my students enter school with very limited experiences using crayons, pencils and scissor.  Very few can write or recognize their name.  This is where our writing center begins. We start with the very basics; tracing and cutting lines and coloring inside shapes. All of these skills are carefully demonstrated and practiced.

Next we begin with introducing letters and numbers through play-doh, stamps, rice, shaving cream and such.  The kids love it and it is great for those kids who have sensory needs too.  Of course I am also introducing name writing at this time. We do several activities that involve rainbow writing using the large crayons.
 Include play-doh at the writing center to build foundational skill

By now we are probably into the middle of October early November and we have moved on to writing our first names and letters of the alphabet as well as the numbers 1-10 using proper letter formation.

Items in our writing center have changed as well.  We are now adding sight words weekly to our word wall.  Although we still use play-doh, rice has been replaced with white boards, magnetic letters, letter beads and other word building materials. First we were forming letters, now we are making words, next we will be writing sentences. Remember, we must first build the foundation before we can create strong writers.
Use play-doh to build sigh words in the writing center
By the way- I have the BEST play-doh recipe in the world
Kindergarten Sight Word Wall: Creating a writing center in kindergarten
In my writing center you will also see our Monthly Writing Center Word Wall.  It has two purposes.  It is great for working with my English Language Learners as it serves as a picture reference for building new vocabulary.  Later when the students are writing more independently they can refer to the monthly word wall when they need help spelling a word.
This is from my September Writing Center
Writing Center or Writers Workshop Station for August and September.  Includes 90 picture vocabulary cards
This is from my January Writing Center
January Writing Center or writing stations with winter themes  67 vocabulary picture cards
My students also have journals.  In the past I have been fortunate enough to find them at the .99¢ Store
primary lined journals from .99¢ Store
This year however, I have decided it would be cheaper to print and make my own.  Also, I haven't been successful in finding the journals.  I did hear that some people have been finding them at the Dollar Tree. You can order then online but you need to buy a case of 24.
primary lined journals from Dollar Tree
In the journals we first begin with drawing pictures.  I'll give them basic prompts.  Draw a picture of your family.  Draw a picture about a pet you have or wish you could have.  I then take it once step further and encourage them to write the names of their family members if they know them, becasue sometimes they do.  If it is the pets they are writing about, then I tell them to think about the pet and say the name of the animal.  What sound do they hear, what letter is that, try to write that letter.  Remember, it is baby steps. At this point, I'm not worried about writing on the lines, I'm not worried that their dog looks like a big blob of mud.  I'm looking to see if they can tell me what their picture is about and if they attempted to write. 

As my students move forward in writing and I want to teach more specific skills or move some students ahead or work more closely with students,  I will make writing part of my center rotations.  Instead of meeting with me for reading, students will meet with me for writing. This is when I will give targeted instruction on specific skills.  I more than likely have already modeled these skills during my daily morning message, but this brings it to a different level.  There are now only 5 students,  so those who don't normally participate, just might take the pen.  After we review a few skills, we next review the vocabulary words on the monthly word wall.  Next I give them the prompt and tell each student to think of the sentence they are going to write.  They then take turns saying their sentence aloud.  I want them to get into the habit of saying what they intend to write.  I believe it will help them to not leave out any words.  For my ELL students (or others) I will give them a sentence frame, but ONLY if they need it.
Teaching kindergartners about spacing between words using the Space Man
Students can take words from the word wall as needed when they are writing or pull out their sight word list.  
*When students need help spelling a word-
-If it is a sight word- They ask someone else in the group to help them find it on the word wall.
-If it isn't a sight word- I teach them to segment it and write the parts they hear.  I also make sure to tell all of the adults who help in my room the same rules.
As the year progresses their knowledge of sight words has grown. so they are now able to write them and their ability to form a sentence has also improved.  

One idea that I have found that truly motivates my students is the "share out" piece.  After they have finished I invite students to share what they have written using the Elmo.  They love to see their work displayed on the big screen TV.  However, there is a catch.  They must demonstrate they have tried their personal best, not rushed through their work.  Their drawing must have some details relating to the prompt.   Of course all students get to share at one point during the week, but it is important to show off the ones who really put forth the effort first.  This raises the bar for the others.  Their work doesn't have to be the most beautiful. Just pick the ones that you as a teacher can point out what makes them shine.  What you want is for all students to want to share their writing, so they will try their best in hopes that you will pick them next time.

Each month the expectations increase the sentences change from the I likes, I haves and I cans to the I went to...  Remember what I said before about the foundation, you have to start from the bottom up. Even if some of your kids come in knowing some letters and sounds, it won't hurt them to review  those in order to bring everyone else up to speed.  Build that strong foundation in the beginning giving them lots of opportunities to write in many different ways.  Writing doesn't always have to be with paper and pencils.  Those foundational beginnings with the the play-doh and the dry erase markers will carry over.

I hope that you find something useful to get you started in setting up your writing center for the new year. 
This is my Writing Center Bundle for the Year which can be found in my TpT store. It has 9 months of thematic vocabulary cards and writing papers to help jumpstart your writing center. 
Writing Centers or writers workshop stations for Kindergarten. A years of writing centers and thematic monthly word wall vocabulary cards. Add some fun to your writing center with these Monthly themed word wall cards and writing papers.
I would really like to see picture of your writing center and share them with my readers. Also, be sure you are subscribing to my newsletter as I have a few things I'll be sending out soon that you won't want to miss.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Best Back to School Read Aloud Books

Oh how I love back to school books.  It's not easy finding the perfect book to read, especially if you are a brand new teacher.  Choosing the first book to read to your very first class is a big decision. Today I've picked my Top 12 Back to School Read Alouds to help you pick that perfect book for your first day.
Every year I pull out my box of back to school read aloud picture books and pick my favorites to read on the first day of school.  This box is full of the classics like Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, and Chrysanthemum. Then, there are a few newer favorites like, You're Finally Here, and Pete the Cat Rockin' in my School Shoes.  When I say newer, I'm referring to new as in the last 5-7 years or so, my Miss Bindergarten book was signed by the illustrator in 1998- so I've had it a few years.
The best back to school read alouds for the first day of school to read to kindergartners and first graders.Selections include Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Too Much Gkue, Pete the Cat and more.
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When choosing what books to read for the first few days, I try to pick a few that I think will grab my students attention.  Some of the books, although I really like, such as Chrysanthemum, might be too long for my class during the first few days.  We haven't established rules and procedures yet.  I won't know until I have read to them a few shorter stories first.

I usually start with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Miss Bindergarten.  Both books can usually hold their attention from beginning to end. I will then be able to determine what books to read next.

The Pete the Cat Rockin' in my School Shoes is a fun book to read before taking a school tour.  What is great about this book is it has the repetitive rhymes so the kids can join in with the reading.  Somehow they just magically join in without having to to be prompted.

As the week progresses I continue to read from my back to school book box.  So many of these books lend themselves to great lessons, teachable moments and the introduction of procedures.

Here are just some of my favorites...
The best back to school read alouds for the first day of school to read to kindergartners and first graders.Selections include Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Too Much Gkue, Pete the Cat and more.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom-Alphabet introduction
  • Pet the Cat- Colors
  • Pete the Cat Rockin' in my School Shoes-Tour of the school
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten-Classroom tour
  • The Kissing Hand-Missing Our Moms/Dads
  • Your'e Finally Here-Teaches Patience
  • The Recess Queen-Tattling, Kindness
  • Too Much Glue- Great for introducing how to use glue
  • My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil- Great Way to introduce all the people at School
  • Me First-Taking turns
  • Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen- What listening looks like
  • Chrysanthumum-Names are special
All of these with the exception of You're finally here can be purchased on Amazon.  I also added the link for the Pete puppet because the kids just go crazy for reading with him.

What are your favorite books to read on the first week back to school?  Please share your favorites in the comments below. I'm always looking to add to my collection.  A teacher can never have to many back to school favorite books to read.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Ultimate Teacher Printer

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Don't you hate it when your printer runs out of ink in the middle of that very important print job?  Have no fear I have the answer for you, repeat these three amazing words- HP Insta Ink...
HP Insta Ink is the ultimate Teacher Tool- you will never run out of ink again, it saves you time, money and gives you endless ink at affordable prices.
HP insta ink is the ultimate teacher tool. It is the must have back-to-school resource every teacher needs to invest in. I know what you are thinking.  Hey wait a minute I'm on summer vacation, how can I possibly be thinking about back-to-school already. Come on admit it, you've already hit the Target Dollar Spot and you've thought about a few things you needed to print, but ink is probably holding you back.  HP Insta ink is the answer.  No more worrying about how much ink you are using or messing up on a print job.  Yes, you can worry, but we are talking pennies wasted versus dollars now. 

Here is how it works...
First your need an eligible printer.  To see if your printer qualifies, you can check the list.  
The Best Teacher Printer, save time, money and have endless ink
If you don't already have one, don't let that stop you.  Buy one, the HP Envy will save you money, I promise!!!.  Keep reading and do the math.  

Next you need to sign up and choose a plan.  When you sign up you are paying a monthly fee for the number of pages printed, not the number of ink cartridges used. It doesn't matter if all of your pages are in color or black and white--YAY!!!. They have three plans to choose from.
Tip: I print my black and whites on my black and white printer at school and print all my color pages on this one.
HP Insta Ink is the ultimate Teacher Tool- you will never run out of ink again, it saves you time, money and gives you endless ink at affordable prices.
If I go over my allotted number of pages then I can purchase 25 additional pages for $1.00.  If I do not use all of my pages I can also roll over up to 300 pages a month.  Another great feature about this plan is I can change it anytime I want.  During the summer I am actually on the $2.99 plan because I have not been printing anything.  So I don't need that large plan.  During the school year, a bigger plan is needed because my teammate  and I both use this printer for all of our printing needs-sharing the costs. In August I'll change back, that is when my teammate and I will start printing all of our center materials.

So how do I get my ink- its simple- once you sign up, the printer is connected to HP through your wireless.  Before you run out of ink it lets HP know that your ink supply is running low. You will then receive a box of ink in the mail with a return envelope to mail back the empty cartridges.  When your cartridge is empty, simply replace it with the new one.  Once you've replaced all of them, return the empty ones to HP in the mailing envelope and keep on printing.  

Think of the time you have saved.  You didn't have to go to Office Depot, Costco or Target for ink- that is time and money saved right there.  I don't know about you, but I can't just go to the store and buy ink, other things just jump in the cart... I usually have to buy ink at least 3 times a year.  Look at how expensive my ink is.
HP ink
With tax thats almost $300 a year.   YIKES  that is a lot of money. compared to even the most expensive plan of $120 a year that right there is a savings of $180. 

So, remember I said don't worry if you didn't have an HP Envy printer, there's your reason right there to get one. They really aren't that expensive. Here are a few of the most popular ones that some of my friends have.  Mine is no longer made- I have the 8610, the new model is the 8710.
HP Insta Ink is the ultimate Teacher Tool- you will never run out of ink again, it saves you time, money and gives you endless ink at affordable prices.

Are you ready to sign-up? When you do,  you can get one month free just by using my referral  link. Chances are your printer will come with a free month as well, mine did. Who doesn't like free? If you are ready to sign up, just click here.  What are you waiting you, you can cancel at anytime. 

For more more printer tips, you might like this article.  Happy Printing....

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teacher Organization With Blue Sky

To keep me organized for this summer I have a new Wall Calendar and Teacher Weekly Lesson Planner from BlueSky  The wall Calendar isn't too big or too small.  The squares are big enough to write in, but the calendar isn't so big that it takes up too much residential space on my wall.
BlueSky Wall Calendar
BlueSky Wall Calendar
The Teacher Weekly Lesson Planner comes in two sizes, I currently have the smaller version which is better for fitting into a purse and laptop bag. I am currently using it to write down appointments and meetings that are work related. However, I have been looking for something to use as a blogging calendar and think that either of these two just might be the ticket.  For those of you who are wondering what a blogging calendar is, it is what organized bloggers use to schedule out blog posts, Facebook, instagram and so forth.  Having a visual reminder can be very helpful.
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner

The Teacher Weekly Lesson Planner has a very nice thick laminated spiral bound cover.  Each month is separated by a tab with a monthly calendar followed by each week at a glance.
Inside you will also find
  • a pocket page
  • yearly overview
  • Teacher information/emergency contact page
  • Yearly Overview
  • Holidays and Special Dates
  • Class Birthdays
  • Weekly Schedules
  • Tabs for each month
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
Blue Sky Today's Teacher Academic Stripe Planner
If you would like a chance to win your very own Teacher Planner from Blue Sky You can Enter below.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Organize Your Classroom Library

Organizing the classroom library can be an overwhelming task. Especially if you don't have a system already in place or you decide you need a system halfway through your organizing process.  Organizing your classroom library can be a bit of an investment too.  
Organize your classroom library in 5 simple steps.  Make your books easy for students to find and put back into the right book baskets.
Before you Begin...
First, decide on how you want to sort your books.  Do you want them by author, themes or reading levels?  I personally have a little of each in my classroom library.  Next decide on what you will keep your books in for easy movement from a shelf to the floor or tables.  I use white Sterelite baskets. It was an investment, but they will last.  These are the baskets I use.  
Amazon has them in packs of 6- for $15.58 that's a good deal.  They are $4.99 each at Target.  
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Other Options For Storage- 
Dollar Store for dishpans or buckets
Ice Cube Buckets
Clear Shoe Boxes
Walmart Dishpans- They come in red, white or black

Book Box Labels
Once you decide on how to organize your books, you will want to make some sort of label to place on the front of each box.  You can get my labels here. Before you start making and printing your labels, play with the size of label you will be using and how you will be attaching it.  There are several ways to attach labels and I have tried them all.
Hot Glue
Packing Tape
Clear Contact Paper
Before you attach the labels you may want to laminate them for durability.  They will take some abuse, especially if the boxes are being moved frequently from the shelves.

Label Your Books Inside and Out
Label your books.  Invest in a stamp mine reads- This book belongs to Mrs. Mugurussa or use address labels or make your own labels on the computer. Place inside the front cover of each book.

For the outside of your books, decide how students will know where to return the book to when they are finished.  I use a number system. Each box is assigned a number and every book in that box has a sticker on the upper right corner with the same number.  You could also place the number inside the front cover of the book too, just incase the sticker falls off. In my classroom library all of my book labels match my box labels.  Another idea to help students know where to return the books to, would be to use alphabet letters instead of numbers.  This works if you have no more then 26 boxes. For the book labels you can use round sticky dots and a Sharpie or print out computer labels.

You Can Do It!!!
With the right organizational supplies and some time, organizing the class library can be accomplished.  Go slow, don't expect to be done in a few hours.  Go through the books to see what types of books you have.  As you browse, you will get an idea as to how you will want to group them.  Once you decide how to group them, start sorting in 5 easy steps

  1. If space is a concern know how many containers you will need- buy a few extra- just in case you need more. You can always return them or keep them just in case you need them later on as you acquire more books
  2. Make your labels for the front of the books (either numbers or letters).
  3. Sort your books.
  4. Add the labels.
  5. Make your book box labels and attach.
These are my labels- nothing fancy I made them back in 2012. They are printed on 5x7 card stock then backed onto the black paper before I laminated.  I then hot glued them to the baskets. You can download my labels for free here.
Use hot glue to attach labels to basketsUse hot glue to attach labels to baskets.
Organize your classroom library in 5 simple steps.  Make your books easy for students to find and put back into the right book baskets.
This picture is from the end of the school year- a few of the labels have come loose, but a little more hot glue and hey will be good as new.
Organize your classroom library in 5 simple steps.  Make your books easy for students to find and put back into the right book baskets.
One last tip. Keep extra labels handy in a folder.  When you get new books, put a label on it so you can place it into the library as soon as you get it

Once it is complete- send my a picture- I'd love to share what you've done with everyone.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Organization Teacher Style

First day of summer break and where did I go... to school of course.  I had to finish packing up my classroom for the summer cleaning crew, but in order to do that I had to make a huge mess first.  Don't you always make a mess when you begin to organize?  I call it Summer Organization- Teacher style.
Center storage organization- organize your centers by month and subject to make planning easy and quick.  Download my center labels tub for free.
This year I vowed not to bring a ton of teacher projects home.  If you've followed my blog over the past few summers, you know that I have been known to bring enormous projects home for the summer.   One year I brought my entire library home to reorganize it, last summer I brought home all of my centers and my files. Todays task was to separate my monthly centers between ELA and Math.
Center storage organization- organize your centers by month and subject to make planning easy and quick.  Download my center labels tub for free.
Once the centers were sorted  I attached the new labels to the outside of the boxes using the scotch adhesive roller.  This stuff is amazing.  Every teacher should have it on hand. I keep all of my boxes inside an old wooden mail sorter.  It  has 40 slots half of it is holding the boxes, the other half holds copies that I run ahead of time and other items.
Center storage organization- organize your centers by month and subject to make planning easy and quick.  Download my center tub labels for free.
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The containers I use to store my centers are made by Sterelite.  I am in love with these containers and own far too many.  Not only do I use them to hold my centers, but I use them for my math and literacy station rotation materials.  The March-April are my newest addition and can be found on Amazon as well.  They seem to have the best price.  The other set above, I purchased several years ago at Target.  During the back-to-school time, they often get fun colors in with the dorm room collection.  However- once they are gone, they don't make them any more.  Which is why I now have a mismatched set.

I made my labels in PowerPoint to fit the front of my tubs the red are for ELA and the blue is for Math. Just click the picture below to download your free center tub labels
Free Center Tub Lables

What organizational products do you have planned this summer? I had hoped to also tackle my listening center sets as well, but I ran out of time.  That just might have to wait for next summer.  Luckily, they aren't in that bad of shape.  I really just want to catalog all of my newer sets.

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