Target Classroom Organization Finds!

Today was the day I've been anticipating! My trip to Target to get ready for next school year. =) I had taken measurements of certain areas of my classroom to be sure to get what would fit properly. Here's some pictures and descriptions of all the things I decided to get!

As you walk in to Target, there's the awesome dollar spot. I decided to take a quick peek into the aisles and see if anything struck my fancy. Amazingly, I found these really nice magazine files for only $1 each!! I've been reading a LOT of Fountas and Pinnell lately for grad school, so I decided to get them for the students' browsing boxes. I may end up only using one per guided reading group, but we'll see. I think the kids would like to each have their own box. How do you do browsing boxes?
I bought these paper filing racks (4 of them) to organize my Writing Workshop. I'm going to start that this year, and F&P recommend a central location at which students can get all their paper and supplies they need. These were fairly cheap and stack nicely. I may need to zip tie them together so the students don't "accidentally" take them apart. We may need to have a mini-lesson on taking care of the WW areas. =)
In addition to the filing system, I purchased these really nice 3 drawer units to store crayons and maybe markers. We will see. I want to have the crayons organized by color instead of just tossed into a scary crayon tub of mystery. That would help the children learn to clean properly AND it would minimize the amount of time spent searching for the correct color crayon.
I discovered this super cute shower caddy in the home and organization section! I couldn't resist! There's a hot pink one and a black one there, too. I plan to use this to store important items to use during guided reading/writing so everything is handy and ready to roll!
I found these pretty "Sterilite" drawers (in case you are wondering...no, they're not Sterilite!) to put underneath my computer desk in my classroom. Since I am combining my kidney table and my computer table, I thought it would be a good idea to have a place where I could store necessary office items and teaching tools nearby. I'll probably have to label them nicely so I can make sure to put things back in the proper spot. (Knowing my own lack of organizational skillz.)

I hope you liked seeing all my organizational finds! I will be posting more about how I use these when I get back into my classroom and start setting up.

I'm linking up with Ladybug's Teacher Files' and Fun in Room 4B's Optimum Organization linky party. If you want to see more organizational tips and tricks, head on over to their pages and see what they have in store for you. =)

What's a resource that you absolutely cannot live without during guided reading or writing time?

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  1. Hi! I found your blog through the Optimum Organization Linky! Love all of your finds! I use my browsing boxes (I call them book boxes) during Daily 5. LOVE!!!! I take a picture of each student and put it on the side of box, so each student can find theirs, easily..especially at the beginning of the year! Can't wait to read more of your blog! I am your newest follower.

    Beth :)

    A Kindergarten Life For Me

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment and follow! :) I like the idea of the photo on the box! I could even put velcro dots on the boxes and let kids move from box to box depending on reading levels. :) Do you enjoy Daily 5? I have heard lots of comments about it, but haven't read the book yet.

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Book boxes will be a wonderful way for kids to read "just right" books during read-to-self time. I recommend taking the time to show students how to take them off the shelf, hold them, carry them, and put them back on the shelf. Practice, practice, practice! :) My book boxes have always been the plastic magazine files from Demco, and I put a cute name tag sticker on the front with a number. All my students know their classroom number. It's on their name tags on their desks. That way, when they put the boxes back on the shelf, in number order, it's easy to see whose is missing. Of course we practice that too! (And it's easier for students to find their box if it's always in the same spot).

    I love the blue drawers! I have been debating about putting drawer units like those under my own reading table and losing my desk. Are you keeping your desk?

    I am a brand-new blogger, and I would love for you to stop by! I just blogged about my Dollar Tree shopping today!

    Catherine @ firstgradetopdogs.blogspot.com

  3. Fantastic finds at Target!! I'm considering sorting my crayons and markers by color, too. Those bins are perfect for that! Thanks for linking up with us :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  4. LOVE all your Target finds! I might need to head over there soon! I am obsessed with the magazine boxes from the dollar section! The patterns are so cute!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  5. I love all these ideas! I'm not a teacher yet but I know that these are going to come in handy when I have my own classroom, especially since Target is already my go-to place for good deals on supplies. I'm a new follower for sure! :)

    Glitter and Gradebooks


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