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October 20, 2013

Organization~ in 2nd

Organization is key in very classroom to have your year run smoothly.  I have been working really hard on my organization this year since I am new to 2nd grade.  I created these binders to help tame the copies.  Our district has a HUGE amount of copies for the children to practice math skills in 2nd grade.  So ... I had to tackle that pile of copies that I kept sticking in my "To File" drawer & organize myself for the years to come.  Here is how I did it!

I created a binder for every skill in our curriculum and added clear sleeves inside for all of the copies.  You could even make one HUGE binder and use the covers as dividers.  (I will custom create any that you need if you love my design!)

Here is a picture of the Polka Dot Cover for Math.  It comes in zebra (of course), too:

Here is a picture of the matching spines:

I love them!!!  Each different subject is a different color so I can find them with ease in my cabinet.  Yes ... I guess I am kinda a dork!  I just love organization!

If you love organization as much as I do, I put these in my store in 2 different designs:
Black & White Polka Dot

Last tip:  To help keep the ink from the printers from attaching to my clear binder fronts, I always put them in clear sleeves 1st.  Now they do not transfer & I can reuse the binder later in life if I ever need to!

I hope this helps you organize your math files.  Soon to come my science set, it is looking good so far!!!
Happy Organizing,

October 14, 2013

Interactive Anchor Charts

We are so thrilled to be linking up with Tori again for
Monday Made It!

Anchor charts are so  important for teaching young children!  We love making them in our classes.  Here are several that you can find in our store.  Creating meaningful anchor charts can be so time consuming.   We use Velcro to make them more interactive while teaching & also make them usable for “switch classes.”  This way you can brainstorm and create the anchor chart with both classes and still make the charts feel brand new to both classes.  We are firm believers of:  “Work smarter & not harder!”

To visit our store go to: Planet Happy Smiles
& click on the tab for "Anchor Charts"

Here are some of the charts available in our store:

 We hope you find these useful for your classroom, too!
Happy Anchor Chart Making!
Karen & Alison


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