Monday, August 10, 2015

Get Organized like a Champ!

So.... I love using binders in my classroom instead of take-home folders! Each year I have changed it up from a FROG binder to a PAW binder which are just some cute ways to help my students get organized. I ask them to bring a binder in on the first day of school. If their binder has a clear pocket in the front, the cover of the binder goes in that pocket. If not, I just use a sheet protector to put the cover in.

I usually use two sheet protectors per binder, but they last all year! In one sheet protector goes the communication log for parents front and back (if you need to put the cover in the sheet protector, just use one side for the communication log, you can always add more behind it!) In the other sheet protector, our classroom rules goes on one side and their monthly behavior calendar on the other side.
Then, I collect two folders to put into their binders. One folder gets the take home/homework labels and the other folder gets the important papers/important money labels. Then in the back folder on the binder gets the spelling words label.

How do I get them ready?

I like my class to have their binders ready to go home on the first day. When collecting supplies, I put their binders and two folders aside but make sure you write their names on them first!

I already have all the labels precut and sheet protectors stuffed with papers before the first day of school. During snack, I grab their binder, tape in the labels in both folders, tape in their spelling label and then insert everything inside. Sometimes I may have to punch holes in their folders with my big whole punch. I get about half done during snack time and then I do the rest while they are at special. I do this because there are just so many papers that need to go home the first day I want to teach them how to be organized right away!

So....I decided to make a GoNoodle Binder this year which is free at my TpT store.

Below is a preview! Please leave a comment and let me know if you like it, share it and pin it!!
Included are 16 different covers you can choose from, all the labels you need, the communication log, monthly calendar template and rules template. 

Thank you!!! Good luck to Y'all heading back this week!


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