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June 13, 2018

Wednesday Organization - Bulletin Board Letters

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

I hate when things are a mess! One of my goals this past school year was to get organized! Slowly but surely I have gone through my classroom bit by bit and worked at organizing until I got most of the room done. There is still a little left to do, but boy has it made a HUGE improvement on the amount of time I spend at school (no more looking for stuff), and I can now use long forgotten items!

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This week we are starting simply with Bulletin Board Letters. Over the years I have collected a TON of these letters. I have them in different colors, sizes, and patterns.

Now imagine having this set times 10!

I originally started with each set in a different Ziploc bag. The problem with this is that you end up with a ton of bags and now have to have room to store them. Then, in order to find a letter, you had to search the entire bag. This took a while - not too practical.

Then I had a better idea - use an old CD case (since most people never actually use them for CD's anymore, they are always around). 

I found that the bigger case works much better than the smaller ones.

For years, I have used a small CD case but it didn't have enough pockets for each letter to have it's own pocket. Because I upgraded the case to a larger size, I was able to put each letter on it's own page, separating the capital letters with the lower case ones. I liked to separate them because sometimes I only need one or the other. The larger case also leaves room for numbers and symbols. (Helpful Hint - Alternate the top and bottom pages with the capital letters. There seems to be much more of the capital letters and having them only on the top really stretches out the case, at least for me.)

Next, because I am incredibly anal, I labeled each page with my label maker. Yes, I do have a label maker. I will probably post a use for it at least 10 times this summer!
This is the exact model as my label maker. I love it!

Now, I can have my students put away the letters when I am finished and they will actually end up in the correct spots! I love how this project turned out!

Confessions of a Frazzled Teacher

My letters are now completely organized!

What do you need help organizing in your classroom?

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