If you are anything like me, you thrive on some good organization. One of the hardest things to organize is all the materials that go into your well-planned centers.
For me, it’s SUPER important to be able to use and access any center with ease.
SO much preparation goes into them, and I just feel like we have to be intentional with exactly how they will be organized so they are used appropriately.
Consistency is key, and if we had a system for each center we introduced, this would eliminate so much of the questions that happen during center time.
So here’s how you can easily organize your centers into file folders…
I first gather all my materials that will be used in that specific center. This includes my title page, accountability sheet, and center pieces.
Every one of our centers comes with a title page with a picture on the front and an accountability/recording sheet.
Then, I laminate and cut my title page, and glue it to the front of the file folder.
Next, I laminate and cut my directions sheet and glue it to the left side of the inside of the file folder.
All pieces will go on the right side. I usually secure the pieces with a folder or a baggie.
Last, I lay the accountability sheets in the file folder so my kids don’t miss grabbing one of them;)
That’s it! You’ve just finished making yourself a file folder center.
This can be easily adapted by a parent volunteer who wants to help out in the classroom.
I made a one minute video if you are more visual!
BUT…I need a comprehensive set of centers…
Can you help me?
Absolutely! If you would like ready to print centers for the year, and you are a 1st and/or 2nd grade teacher, you are in luck! We did just that! We have created centers with the tools to get you organized and your reading block in order! We know you are going to love not having to think of what activities your students are going to do each week.
Some of the features of this bundle are:
- Student-Friendly Directions for Every Center
- Hands-On and Engaging Activities
- Recording/ Accountability Sheets for Every Center
- Flexible and non-seasonal centers to supplement your current curriculum
- Cohesive resource with a variety of centers to last you an entire year.
- Consistent centers so you have minimal redirection.
- Organization tools like cover sheets and labels
Thanks so much for stopping by!