How do I organize my phonics activities and phonics materials? I get asked this question a lot. And it is important because if my materials and phonics activities aren’t where I can get to them easily, they just won’t get used.
Phonics activities are such an important part of what we do. And storing all those activities to keep them organized is a must! If my materials are hard to keep track of or are always a mess on some shelf somewhere, they aren’t doing anyone and good. I need organization or I feel like I am wasting instructional time with my students. And since we don’t want that happening, we have 4 tips to help you with easy organization and storage!
Phonics Activities: Notebooks or Binders For Organizing
This is my go to for phonics organization! I like the ease of notebooks and how you can just pull the right one to match your student’s need. Once it is printed and prepped you are good to go for years! And that is what I like about it- ready to go and not having to redo it year after year. Hands down the best for my needs!
To make the notebooks or binders easier consider these methods:
- print the pages front to back to keep the notebook from becoming too bulky
- slip the pages that students will write on into plastic sleeves inside the notebook
- pages to be written on can also be taken out of the notebook and put into plastic pockets
- use colored paper to designate the different learning sections in each notebook- definitely helps students find the sections easier
File Box with Folders For Phonics Activities
Using a file box with folders inside is also a great organizational tool for phonics activities. I actually like this method for storing intervention assessments that I use a lot.
- can separate the learning sections into the different folders and then just pull the folders needed for each student
- keep and mark originals at the back of each folder, clipped together- some teachers mark with yellow highlighter, I liked sticking a small post it note on the originals
- Same as with the notebooks- you can print and use the materials over and over if students do not mark on all the copies
Use Spiral Bound Notebooks For Phonics Activities Organization
Some teachers do not have the room or do not care for the bulk of binders. If you have access to a machine that spiral binds the pages, this is also a great choice for organizing your phonics materials into packets! You can print and bind the sections you want and only pull out those sections when needed. Less bulky for storing too!
Digital Phonics Activities
Of course the most space saving method for organizing and storing phonics activities is to use digital phonics lessons!
Digital phonics activities are fun and engaging with moveable pieces and interactive slides. No worries about storing them on a shelf or in a file box!
Whichever method you choose to store and organize your phonics activities, try to do it in a way that does not require you to redo the whole system every year. These phonics activities are perfect for printing and then using over and over saving you hours of your precious time!
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