First, a funny! LOL!
I organize all of my centers in colored tubs or in buckets on my back counter or on a shelf (back right corner) that I got from the fabu IKEA. All baskets and tubs have a picture on it that corresponds with the center pocket chart. On the pocket chart, I also place colored dots on the pictures to let students know what table to go to. I had to help them the first two days we started this new system, but now they find it all on their own. Since there are 20 centers, each group only goes to their centers each day so there isn’t a rush to finish. After 15 minutes, I ring the bell and if they are done with their first center, they clean up, put it away neatly (and I am kinda nuts about that too) and then go to their chart to see what their next center is. This way it is more independent so I don’t have to be interrupted during guided reading. Then they stay at their second center until Lit. Center’s time is up. I always put a back up activity at their last center (buddy books, a small puzzle, etc.) so if they finish early, they are not sitting board. I am really happy with this system. I am the only one on my team to do this nuts-o schedule, but it works for me and that’s okay. We all do a different center schedule, but include many of the same ideas. I think it is important to figure out what works for you and your students. You know what they need and what they are capable of. J
Here is the right side of my back counter. Next to my counter is my white IKEA shelf, which is where I have center tubs. Next to that is my math shelf (love!) for all of my manipulatives. (Don't judge my "homemade" curtains below my sink". LOL, gotta love no sew glue
Here you can see all of my colored tubs better. I try and coordinate the colors (ex. red basket goes to red table, etc.). I think it helps. J
Thanks for taking a peek. I will post more room pics and center pics later on next week. Have a fantabulous day!