Melanie (comment #19),
You asked if it is time-consuming for my students to have to go get their book boxes and binders before heading to the carpet for reading workshop. I did worry about this the first year that I decided to use a reading binder. However, it has not been a problem. I usually call tables separately to go retrieve their binders and book boxes so that it does not become too congested by the binder/book box shelves. Each child also has an assigned spot on the shelves so that there is never any arguing about where a student will put his book box & binder each day. This also saves times because students do not spend any extra time looking for their book box. This year (because we have so many students), our binders are actually stored in two separate places in the classroom. This is helpful because all of the students are not in one area when retrieving their binders.
I hope my suggestions help!
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