I finally ventured back into my classroom today. I actually went in early in August to drop off a bunch of the stuff in my classroom. But today was the first time I actually worked on some things. When I went in early August I dropped my summer projects off and moved everything out of the giant pile in the middle of my room. I was afraid the sight of all that stuff stacked up in the middle of the room would keep me up at night.
One thing that took several hours today was my book basket labels. I am not completely done with those yet so they will be my next Back to School post.
I worked on organizing my supply tubs today. Since I have two separate classes that share the same space, I have had to get creative with my supplies. I used to keep all of the supplies that the students bring in and give them out as needed. But it was really hard for me to keep track of which class and which students were using the supplies. I decided to let the students keep their extra supplies in their cubbies. When they needed something, they went to their bucket and took it out. When that supply was out, I sent a note home for the parents to send in more. It really helped out a lot and took a lot of the stress of it away from me. The only issue I had last year was that the students couldn't keep track of which bucket was theirs. I used two different buckets in the cubby with two different lids, but both lids were white. This became confusing to the kids. So this year I decided to paint the lids to help them know which one is theirs.
I have never spray painted plastic before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read about spray paint chipping as soon as it dried so I made sure to get the paint especially for plastic.
Spray painting is kind of addicting! I went ahead and spray painted all of my clothes pins too. I really want to paint some more things now! What have you painted for your classrooms?