Getting labels ready BEFORE the next school year…

May 6, 2015

Getting labels ready BEFORE the next school year…

May 6, 2015
As many of you know, I have worked with the black, white, and brights scheme for several years now (since 2012!). Even after all this time, I still love how the colors pop and they have remained trendy enough to appeal to my 5th grade classes over the years.
I do like to evolve my room scheme a bit each year and add a few new elements into the mix…different posters and labels to change things up slightly. But I always try to do this in a small-scale way, so I’m not spending the entire summer redecorating my classroom.
Which is why I love getting my organizational labels ready BEFORE the next school year. It’s actually a very easy process, as I find myself madly spring cleaning around this time each school year!
I start with the toolboxes. I have two for myself and six others for student supplies at their tables. 
I usually don’t need to change much with my toolboxes…unless I find I didn’t use a particular drawer that year and want to add in a new supply.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-LabelsTeacher-Toolbox-Consistent-Colors-1733628
 click the photo to see these Editable Teacher Toolbox Labels
The student toolboxes I do keep pretty consistent because they have worked so well for us over the years. The only thing I will be changing out next year is the dry erase marker drawers…I have a different idea for that storage I’d like to use instead. So I will be adding a different supply, to have more options right at my students’ fingertips:

click the photo to see these Student Toolbox Labels
Library labels…well I’ve had SO many over the years that I have loved. I usually change them out at the end of the school year as I weed through and re-sort my library. 
I will not be changing my labels from this year however, as I absolutely love them and they were so easy for my students to read from far away. They kept everything in order and really helped the traffic-flow in our library.
So I will just be adding a couple of new genres from my library resource based on my numerous book purchases this year (Dystopian for one!):
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-LabelsClassroom-Library-Simply-Iconic-1367784

These old labels are in still in great shape. I have found if I print them on cardstock, laminate them, and hot glue them to the bins, they can last for years. And that helps a major part of my classroom to be sorted and ready to go for next year BEFORE next year…always a relief!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-LabelsClassroom-Library-Simply-Iconic-1367784
 click the photo to see these Editable Library Labels

I might have a lot of library labels in store, but I also have a ton of alphabet lines. I keep my various sets for a couple of years, again printing them on cardstock and laminating them for longevity. We are not allowed to keep things on our walls over the summer, so I always pack them up in order, so they are ready to display as soon as I can get back in my classroom:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Black-With-Brights-ZB-Cursive-Alphabet-Line-Consistent-Colors-782605

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Black-With-Brights-ZB-Cursive-Alphabet-Line-Consistent-Colors-782605
 click the photos to see this Alphabet Line

It may not seem like a lot, but by organizing and prepping these labels and posters in May and June, I save myself so much time over the summer…some major parts of my room are already decorated, organized, and ready to go!
If you’d like to get a jump start on your decorating and organizing, now would be the perfect time to stop by my store! All of my decor items are on sale right now. If you are looking for an easy-to-use and customizable resource, my Classroom Organization Bundle features toolbox labels, schedule signs, and library labels (with many editable options to make the exact signs you need for your classroom):
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