It’s that time of year…time to be thinking of our classrooms, lesson plans, and how to get it all organized. Be sure to read to the end today. I have a giveaway for you and your classroom!
One little product- the pencil pouch- can be a great little organizational tool for small group time. I have always looked for ways to have my materials for reading prepared and ready to go. I don’t want to waste time gathering things from different buckets and boxes. This is where the pouches come in! Students can just grab their bag and start!
My kinders come to me still needing practice learning to write their names. So inside goes a name plate. The name plate shows through the little window in the pouch which saves the step of having to label the pouch and no labels means no trying to peel those sticky things off! I also stick in a dry erase marker for practicing writing their names.
I also stick in a baggie of letters for them to practice putting the letters in the correct order. Sometimes I put in magnetic letters instead.
As soon as possible I turn the name plates over for them to build their names without a model. Then they can turn them over to self check.
Other needed items that you can stick in are a set of sound boxes and a baggie of objects to move into those sound boxes.
I also like to stick in a small pointer. I don’t know what it is about having their own little pointer to use, but it sure is motivational to them to point each letter with a pointer!
Now, I have a great gift for one of you! I am giving away a $50 MPM School Supply Gift card to help you get your classroom ready for the new school year!! Wouldn’t that be a great help, because we all know that teachers spend an awful lot of our own money on our students and rooms. Thank you MPM School Supply!! I am also giving the winner $10 towards my TpT store. You can click here to see my store.
Enjoy your Sunday and remember to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to like MPM’s Facebook page before entering the giveaway as a thank you for offering this great gift card!
Ms. Fliss says
These pencil pouches are such a cute idea, and very practical from an organizational standpoint. I currently am a middle school English teacher in France, but when I get back to the US, I fully intend to go back to my early childhood roots (I was an elementary education major at OU and am certified, but ended up coming to France to teach right after graduation, so I sadly haven't yet had my class of little ones)
🙂 Thanks for the great ideas!
Kerri Buckner says
Love this idea! I found a class set of pencil pouches in the top of my cabinet last week. Now I have a use for them. Thanks.
Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Klass
Christie Neise says
I love this Idea! It would be really great for LLI! thanks!
Christie Neise – Musingsofaprimaryteacher.blogspot.com
You're always so very organized, which is a must when it comes to servicing as many kids as you do. There's just no time to waste.
Forever in First
Aylin Claahsen says
I kept nodding as I read this post because all the items in your toolkits are just so important for those little early readers! I love the idea of putting them all in a pencil pouch- I have done mine in personal plastic baggies before but I'm thinking I'll be buying a few pencil pouches this year because yours just look so very nice and organized- LOVE it! Also, totally agree- having a personal pointer somehow makes reading letters/words so much more exciting– whatever works, right?! 🙂
Learning to the Core
I love the pouches! I am doing this for sure this year. 🙂 Thank you.
Love the idea of putting all of the materials in a pencil pouch! I'm going to have to try this one.
Thanks for the giveaway chance, too!
Shari K. says
I love your pencil pouch idea, I think it would be a great way to differentiate instruction. I am starting my first year teaching grade one and your tips are so useful, thank you!!
LOVE the pencil pouch idea!
I love your ideas for pencil pouches!
Thank you, Ms. Fliss! Those little pencil pouches can keep a lot of little things all neatly organized together.
You are welcome, Kerri! Glad you can now put those pencil pouches to use!
You are welcome, Christie! I hope the pencil pouches keep your kids organized!
You are so right, Tammy! I do not have time to be hunting down our materials! Thank you as always for coming by!
Isn't it funny how a little personal pointer can motivate some of our little readers? Thank you Aylin!
So glad you came by, Erica!! I hope the pencil pouches help keep your students organized!
You are so welcome, Pam! I am glad you came by. Good luck on the giveaway!
Thank you so much, Shari! Good luck with your first graders this year!
Thank you Laura! Glad you came by!
Thank you so much, Terri! I am so glad you came by!
Leanne Baurs Creative Classroom says
Just shared this on my FB page, Lori! Looks great! 🙂
Leanne, you are so sweet!! Thank you so much for sharing this!