Anyways, today I worked on getting my table organization materials ready to go to school. Last year, I numbered my tables 1-6 and then at each of the four seats around each table, I put a different shape. My intentions were that when clean up came around, I would say, "All the squares, put the supplies away. All the circles, collect papers at your table..." etc. That never really seemed to work for me, particularly because the kids kept picking the shapes off the edge of the tables and I couldn't keep up with putting them back on!
After visiting Mrs. C's blog Rainbow Skies and Dragonflies and seeing her table labels, I'm going to try her technique this year! I decided to color code my tables to the colors of the rainbow instead of numbers this year. I would really like to hang these from the ceiling, but my district is really strict about not being able to hang stuff from the ceiling. I'm actually really surprised they let me stack papers and left-behind art projects on top of my tall cupboards!
Anyways, last week I went to target and bought table totes. It was my intentions at the end of last year to use these to hand out supplies rather than handing out pencils, erasers, etc. separately. Not sure why I didn't think of it sooner...I think it's because that's the system the previous teacher used. Well, target only had three colors of these totes left: orange, red and green. So, I bought two of each and was going to number them 1-6...but I knew that if I was going to color code all my tables, this would confuse the kids, so today, I broke down and drove into town to spend $30 on spray paint.
Ugh! I should have driven the 40 minutes to Lowes where it would have been cheaper, but instead I drove the 10 minutes to the local Ace and bought red, orange, yellow, green and blue spray paint. No one seems to have purple! Here are my totes in the process of being sprayed!