I hated my old way of organizing my centers (which can be viewed in an earlier post). I wanted my activities easily accessible and quick to view at a moments notice.
I purchased the shoe bins at Walmart for a dollar and spray painted the tubs' lid red for Math and blue for ELA.
|I got smart and applied my label idea to my ELA tubs (since I did these second). Each label just has the skill, I still need to write with permanent marker the activities in each tub. The red star on the label means, "Don't touch" (for the kiddos)|
|These ELA activities are strictly my Treasures activities. Treasures is our reading adoption. Each tub has a red dot on the label that means, "Stop, don't touch" (for the kiddos)|
|Spray painted the lids and basket (which was a purple color, not the scheme of my room)|
|I used spray paint for plastic.|
Since I was using a large portion of my shelving for my center activities, I needed more shelving. Instead of buying a bookshelf (that will fall apart in a year), I decided to make my own out of cement blocks and wood. I can easily store this over the summer by taking it apart (unlike other bookshelves I have in my room). When I move schools, cities, states, I can leave behind my cement blocks and just take the wood. Moving from Texas to Louisiana, the bulky bookshelves were a hassle to move.
|Primer on wood|
|Working hard after hours!|
|I only painted the sides that you would be able to see. I bought wooden stars and tape that will stick to cement to decorate the blocks with. Maybe I will do that next year.|