For new friends, I have at least 3 complete sets of some things-one that was already in the room, one from the Go Math! pilot from last year, and one from our new Math in Focus program this year!
As I was pulling down and rearrange the manipulatives to get what I needed for our game, a lightbulb went off!
Why don't I create topic specific math toolkits that have everything they need?
That way, the kids could easily grab what they needed (after they're labeled :), and it would take up less space and look neater/nicer.
I did buy these with a gift card-if I hadn't had one, it would have been a much longer process getting what I need. As it is, I still need about 16 more smaller ones and 10 larger ones.
(I got these from Target online-but they are Sterilite containers, so you can get them anywhere (Target does place a limit on how many you can order at a time-and don't buy the bundle! It's about $3 cheaper to buy them individually than the bundle they have online)
Once I had unpacked them all, I lined them all up and pulled down the manipulatives I wanted to put in them.
I started by making a set of fraction toolkits and measurement toolkits.
Now, my goal was to make these for pairs, so I put two sets of everything in the bins.
I started with my fraction stuff!
First, I put two sets of fractions circles in.
They look so pretty!
Next up were the measurement toolkits!
Then, since we sometimes do nonstandard measurement, I added two lengths of unifix cubes (10 cubes a length) as well as measuring tapes.
Nice and neat!
|I had an extra container, so I made another fraction kit. Target only lets you buy 20 at a time :)|
|So pretty-even without labels!|
My goal is to have between 12-14 sets for each topic-that way, I'll have 24-28 sets ready (I'm putting 2 sets in each kit). I'll be getting one or two containers each time I go to Target (or I'll order them online again-if I get another gift card!), so it will be a slower process.
Once they're labeled (and organized a little more), the kids will be able to grab them when they need them, and I can spend way less time looking for what I need.
I can't wait for the finished product!
Smiles and Sunshine,