How do you store all of your centers and stuff?
Tip #1: Use the right containers!
Tip 2: Ziploc Bags are great for individual centers!
Each individual center activity is stored in Zip-Loc bags. I use the gallon size bags with the red slider on top. The gallon size is perfect for holding the pieces AND recording sheets. Everything it zipped up nice and neat so when I pull a center from the box, it’s ready to go. I keep all of the extra recording sheets in the bags when I put the center away so when I pull it out next year, it’s ready to go.
For centers with no recording sheet, I use the quart size bags!
The slider is the trick. They ‘staches can easily zip them open and closed. And yes, this is a procedure we practice. At the beginning of the year, I model how to zip and unzip. I model what happens if we do it too hard. And we practice. We pass the bags around and practice zipping it open and close!
Tip 3: Sort by SKILL!
I sort my centers by SKILL and not theme or holiday. Why skill you ask?? Well, when I need a center for a certain skill, I can just go to the box for that skill and pull something. For me, it’s a lot easier than digging through December/Christmas stuff looking for addition centers.
The storage tubs or boxes are labeled by SKILL so I know exactly where to go to put away a center and get a new center for each skill!
So, Mr. Greg what are the categories for your center organization?
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