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May 5, 2015 12 Tips for Taming End-of-Year Clutter By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

     

    Keeping things neat and orderly in a kindergarten classroom is always difficult, but it is especially challenging near the end of the school year. Here are a dozen super-easy ideas to keep in mind all year long from preventing coat and jacket pileups to keeping snack time tidy. These same tips will come in handy for helping you maintain your sanity when those packing-up days come along.

     

     

     

     

    1. Use a pocket chart stand or garment rack to hang students' coats and sweaters.

     

    2. Store your iPads in photo storage boxes. Even in their cases, they are a perfect fit.

     

    3. Keep tabletop supplies in durable plastic snap-lock bins.

     

    4. Stash your clipboards in a wide-mouth bucket.

     

    5. Put snacks in individual plastic bags and store them all in a popcorn tin.

     

    6. Hang your headphones around the rim of a tall box or bin, with the cords inside.

     

    7. Keep a spray bottle around to use as a mister for hot days

     

    8. Make some slips of paper with questions kids can solve on their own (a mixture of subjects), and put them in a candy jar. Pull one out every morning to start the day.

     

    9. Make a notebook placeholder out of a pipe cleaner and tape.

     

    10. Put your class list in a glass photo frame to keep track of who returned homework, field trip slips, papers that need to be signed, etc. Endlessly reusable; just write with a dry-erase marker and wipe!

     

    11. Store your individual white boards in a box with a lid. Store them upright for daily use, and flat for long-term storage.

     

    12. Make snack distribution neat by putting snacks in cupcake/muffin liners or mini coffee filters and serving from a muffin tray.

     

    Keeping things neat and orderly in a kindergarten classroom is always difficult, but it is especially challenging near the end of the school year. Here are a dozen super-easy ideas to keep in mind all year long from preventing coat and jacket pileups to keeping snack time tidy. These same tips will come in handy for helping you maintain your sanity when those packing-up days come along.

     

     

     

     

    1. Use a pocket chart stand or garment rack to hang students' coats and sweaters.

     

    2. Store your iPads in photo storage boxes. Even in their cases, they are a perfect fit.

     

    3. Keep tabletop supplies in durable plastic snap-lock bins.

     

    4. Stash your clipboards in a wide-mouth bucket.

     

    5. Put snacks in individual plastic bags and store them all in a popcorn tin.

     

    6. Hang your headphones around the rim of a tall box or bin, with the cords inside.

     

    7. Keep a spray bottle around to use as a mister for hot days

     

    8. Make some slips of paper with questions kids can solve on their own (a mixture of subjects), and put them in a candy jar. Pull one out every morning to start the day.

     

    9. Make a notebook placeholder out of a pipe cleaner and tape.

     

    10. Put your class list in a glass photo frame to keep track of who returned homework, field trip slips, papers that need to be signed, etc. Endlessly reusable; just write with a dry-erase marker and wipe!

     

    11. Store your individual white boards in a box with a lid. Store them upright for daily use, and flat for long-term storage.

     

    12. Make snack distribution neat by putting snacks in cupcake/muffin liners or mini coffee filters and serving from a muffin tray.

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