Daily Bins? Every Day? YES! I found this to be a lifesaver!
If you plan in advance or throughout the week, these bins will save you a lot of time!
Gathering materials for daily activities takes a lot of prep time!
Like most teachers, I have limited space to keep these materials in and limited time available to gather them!
I, again like most of us, start early or stay late each day to gather and prep for the next day.
Many times, I find myself searching frantically for that book I wanted to read or the words to that finger play that I planned.
When I took on administrative responsibilities as well. I forced me to managemy my time much better!
I wanted to share this one tip which helped me to save time and stay organized. In a word: Bins. Yup, I began using clear bins.
I purchased 5 bins and labeled them with each day of the week. They are stackable, so I can place them out of the way or even in the hallway during the day. But, they have become a STAPLE to how I plan and organize my activities now!
The bins on the left (below) are the types of bins I use to place my items for each weekday into.
The others work just as well!
They are available at your local Wal-Mart, Target, and perhaps a Family Dollar Store.
I find them to be less expensive at Amazon. You can click the pictures below to go to Amazon's website and check out what they have.
When looking, scroll to the bottom of that Amazon page and see the other options that Amazon will give you! You can also search by relevance or price! They are NOT lacking in their variety of bins, and if you have Amazon Prime: poof! Free shipping! :)
After writing up my lesson plans for next week, I place the items I will need for each day in that day’s bin.
I include items such as the books for story time, the words to finger plays, the paper for art activities, etc.
ANYTHING that I can put aside in advance that will save me time.
What a relief to know that when I walked into the classroom Monday morning, I was not longer frantic looking for items!
I really love the feeling that comes with knowing where everything I need is already gathered! I leaves SO much more time to spend with the children!