Since I prefer to have students come back together in between each center, I need my centers to be easy to get in and out. If you missed last week's post about how I schedule this, be sure to check it out!
I keep each center in a basket or a large plastic envelope. This way one student from each group can go to the bookcase, pick it up, and take it to their designated "spot" in the room. Students can work on the center and then return everything to the basket or envelope. Once done, the student returns it the shelf in it's proper spot.
You can see my shelf doesn't always look neat, but believe it or not it stays pretty organized!
- The kids have everything that they need for each center in the basket.
- I don't have to keep centers all around the room...they all stay in one place.
- My carpet/center spaces can be used for other activities throughout the day since they stay clear of reading center materials!