Wow...the past month or so has been hectic yet productive. We made it through a zoo trip, field days, and awards ceremonies. School officially ended for students on June 23rd and for staff on June 24th.
I am making the move to the other elementary building in our district, so I spent about a week packing up my whole classroom, transporting my supplies, sorting through the mess of items just shoved into cabinets without any rhyme or reason, then FINALLY organizing and putting away all of my things plus the worthwhile things I found in the classroom. A projector complete with filmstrips, large cassette player, OLD printer, and box of records were among the gems that were found stashed in this classroom. Needless to say, it was quite exhausting for a pregnant lady! Thank the Lord for sisters and husbands who help with the heavy lifting and organizing! Thankfully, I am done, and my new room is ready for summer cleaning. I'm sure I'll be spending extra time in there in August getting everything just right, but for now, it's good enough!
Now, here's what I need help with! I had desks in my old room...well, actually tables that had 2 desks per. Similar to this guy:
I am glad to be done with them because they took up a lot of space and really limited the ways I could arrange my classroom.
In my new room, it's all tables. There will be 4 students per table and 6 tables total similar to this:
My question for all of you is:
How do I manage the students' folder, 2 ELA workbooks, and crayon box?
I'm not particularly keen about the idea of the fabric pockets that go on the backs of their chairs. They seem messy to me. I like to keep things organized! I was thinking maybe color-coded table tubs, but I'd LOVE to hear what has worked for others before I go out and buy anything.
So, let's hear it! What do you do to manage your students' supplies if they don't have desks? What has worked for you? What hasn't worked?