Saturday, June 1, 2013

Optimum Organization Linky Party! (A Giveaway!)



I am thrilled with the weekly organization linky party from Ladybug's Teacher Files and  Fun in Room 4B! These gals are two of my favorite bloggers out there! I pretty much reread each of their posts two or three times to make sure I don't miss any details! 


I love teaching Guided Reading, but always struggled with how to stay organized with each of the groups I was teaching. I tried baskets for each group, I tried binders, I tried magazine storage boxes, but I would always end up with a mess of papers and books. 

In January I went to a Thirty-One party and my LIFE HAS CHANGED FOREVER! For those of you that don't know about Thirty-One you must RUN to check them out! They specialize in totes of all sizes and lots of organizational storage cubes and ideas.  

Here is what I saw in the catalog...


I started thinking...hmmm...maybe I could use this for Guided Reading. There are five pockets, I bet I could fit a guided reader folder and book in each pocket....hmm...let's try it! 

My hardest decision was what color to order it in!  I decided to go with black! I had them embroider it at the top with "G Reading." 

This is honestly the BEST organizational decision I have made in YEARS! 
It is hard to tell, but there are actually FIVE pockets! 

This organizer hangs right by my guided reading table and it is just heaven! My guided reading group sits at the table, I grab my lesson plans and book for that group and after we have finished I put it back in that pocket and grab the next group's items! 

The pockets are ROOMY! When I was switching books for a group, I actually had 5 copies of books in each of the pockets. Everything I need fits inside the pockets! 

I actually just ordered ANOTHER one of these organizers for Guided Math! I am so excited to get it and start using it in the fall! 

My awesome Thirty-One consultant has offered to raffle off a Family-Home Organizer (or Classroom Organizer)! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Happy Organizing Friends! Make sure you check out all of the helpful posts at  






33 comments:

  1. I haven't found a good way to organize my guided reading groups. Honestly, this year I felt like guided groups were a second thought instead of a primary concern. I love this idea! I'll definitely have to give it a go and see if it works!!

    Sarah
    Miss A's Kindergarten

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  2. Hi Sarah!

    Oh I hope it works for you! :) I love teaching guided groups, I feel like I learn so much about my students during the small group times!

    Happy Saturday!

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  3. I *love* that you had it embroidered! Good thinking!! I'm your newest follower :-)


    Real Teachers Learn

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      Happy Day!

      Carmen

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  4. I think binders are the best way to organize guided reading groups! Get a 2 or 3 inch binder, tabs for each group, and I'm good to go! :) However I LOVE your system. Does it just have three pockets? It's hard to tell.

    Recess and Beyond

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    1. Hi Natalie!

      Thanks for stopping by! It actually has FIVE Pockets! It is hard to see in the picture! I use a lot of binders as well for other things!

      :) Carmen

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  5. Wow, I have to say your's is the best way I've heard so far. It's my favorite actually!

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    1. I hope it helps you out! It TRULY helped me! Even my kids noticed...Miss Z you have all of your stuff ready to go!

      :) Carmen

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  6. Oh Carmen, this is what I just love reading about!! Those kind of tools that make such a huge difference! What an awesome way to use this organizer. I love how you had it labeled and I laughed out loud at your "hardest decision" being the color choice because that is something I would agonize over! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your wisdom with us...PLUS a very sweet giveaway. You are the best Carmen! :) :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting this party Kristen! It is SO fun to see all of the different ideas!
      :) Carmen

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  7. Carmen, what a wonderful way to use a product that might not have been intended for that purpose. Way to think out of the box and then share it with the rest of us who might be a little challenged in the department of thinking outside the box! I love it. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for hosting this party!

      :) Carmen

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  8. I also use organizers for guided reading!

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  9. Yahoo Cherie! I hope you have a super day!
    What kind do you use?
    :) Carmen

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  10. I like to use boxes (similar to magazine boxes). I have one box for each group and the box holds a file folder for my lesson plans, a folder for student papers, and the books we are using that week.
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  11. I use color coded baskets to organize!

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  12. I haven't found a good way yet; I do think it is easier if everything has one place to be kept so I won't misplace them!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  13. I've used magazine boxes for a couple of years to organize my guided reading stuff, but this organzer looks really nice and would actually take up much less space.
    Teacher Gone Digital

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    1. I just purchased some magazine boxes to use for some other projects!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Carmen

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  14. I found your blog through the linky party! I love, love, love Thirty-One products too! I am your newest follower :)
    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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    1. The other day I walked into school with THREE 31 Totes and my purse is ALSO 31! I might just have a problem! Thanks for stopping by!

      Carmen

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  15. I use drawers & bins for my organization, but your idea sound great! dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  16. I need a better way to keep my reading organized. This looks really great!

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  17. I have a three drawer cart, but it's not really working and it takes up too much space!
    -Melissa

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  18. I use a six drawer cart - but I don't really love it.

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    1. HI Kelly! That is what I use to use as well! So many other things would end up in the drawers as I tend to SHOVE things to get them out of the way! Oh the joys of organization!

      Happy Summer!

      Carmen

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  19. This was my test year so n0thing was organized! I group the students by the skill they need work on.

    Crystal Shepherd
    lucytumnus@gmail.com
    The lamppost in 1st grade math

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    1. HI Crystal!

      Curious what is a "test year" ?

      :) Carmen

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  20. I was not very organized, but have been thinking about how to better organize. I love how you did it. I was using baskets, but then I kept having to move the baskets as they were always getting in our way. This would be so much easier. I just may have to look into buying one for myself. :)

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    1. I SO understand Andrea! That was my problem as well with baskets! Fingers crossed you will be the winner! If not, it is worth EVERY PENNY!

      Happy Day!
      Carmen

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  21. Wow this seems like a GREAT way to keep guided reading things organized! I've also tried baskets and drawers, but this seems to be great! I have the perfect spot for it to go in my room! I hope I win! Thanks again for the great idea!
    Jamie W.
    jamwells04@gmail.com

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