I am going to bluntly say this (speaking to myself, too). We make things harder on ourselves than we need to. And center time can be a real bear to manage. But the color coding tip I have for you today for organizing your classroom centers is one that will totally change your centers and your classroom!
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Organizing Your Classroom Centers
Rotating centers or setting up choices doesn’t have to be an endless sea of labels, supplies, and Tetris-like feelings trying to figure it all out. That’s just exhausting!
I have anywhere from 6-10 math centers and 6-10 literacy centers available at one time. If I was always worrying about changing the labels to perfectly match, I would be spending all my prep time on that alone. No thanks!
Now, if you and the label maker are BFFs, then go for it! But for me, I just prefer to simplify it a bit. So here’s my super simple tip for organizing your classroom centers!
Color Coding Classroom Centers For the Win!
I have a color for math and a color for literacy. All literacy centers get put in certain color bins, and all math centers are in another color.
No, you do NOT need to go out and buy new bins.
Last year I did buy new bins that are color coded, because I had been wanting to for some time. But you can absolutely use any bin you have. You can even use bins you may find the office throwing out so you dig them out of the trash (I have never done that…or have I?).
Don’t let Instagram or Pinterest tell you that your bins need to look like a color coordinated wall of The Container Store.
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How Does This Work?
Kiddos will learn (with LOTS of practice of course) that if it’s literacy time, they go to the blue bins (or whatever color you decide), and if it’s math time, they go to the red bins. It’s as easy as that!
They won’t go to the other bins, because it is not time for that color bin.
This is especially useful if you don’t have a ton of storage in one area. Sometimes you may need to split up where your classroom centers are stored and this tip helps! Kiddos always know what is available to them, no matter where it is housed in the room!
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