Reading Recovery: Organizing Materials

I must admit that one of my favorite things to do is get organized.  I have found that having an organized classroom space is such a timesaver.  I am able to find what I need quickly and I am less distracted when I am planning and teaching.  I enjoy looking at other teachers’ spaces to see how they go about organizing their materials.  Over the past couple of years, I have made an effort to only have the materials that I need and not a lot of extra stuff.  This has also come about from having had to move classrooms numerous times over the years.  I would like to share how I organize my Reading Recovery materials.

RR book shelf

If you saw my classroom reveal you might notice that my Reading Recovery books are now in a different location.  I needed to make room for some LLI black & white books that I inherited.  When shelving my Reading Recovery book I keep them organized by size because it helps me to find the book I am looking for faster. On the bottom shelf I keep my homework bags, extra 8 pocket folders (which i use to organize the Reading Recovery paperwork for each student), an extra Fountas and Pinnell calculator, and Scholastic materials.  I like to order from Scholastic frequently so that I am able to reward my Reading Recovery students with books throughout their Reading Recovery program with me.

On the first two shelves of this bookcase, I keep my students’ baskets of books and containers of paperwork and lesson materials.  On the third shelf, I have a bin of pictures for ABC books.  In the front of the other bin on the third shelf, I keep stickers to use when making books with students.  In the back of the bin, I keep sound boxes, and picture cards to use when clapping syllables.  On the last shelf, I have my Observation Survey kit and Reading Recovery resource books/magazines.

Here is the table I work at with my students. It is way too high for my little guys, but I’ll be working on lowering it this weekend.  I try to keep my table clutter-free, so that there are fewer distractions for my students. Ideally I would like to find a new home for the white container with my planning materials. I want to keep it nearby though for convenience.  On my table, I have markers, a tray of magnetic letters, a whiteboard, an expo marker, an eraser, correction tape, a timer, glue sticks, scissors, sentence strips and two containers.   I usually have envelopes for my cut-up sentences on top of the white container, but I haven’t gotten those out yet.

Inside the first drawer of my black container I keep pens, pencils, whiteout, and extra lead.  In the second drawer, I have index cards.  In the last drawer, I keep my scissors and band-aids.  You can’t work with 5-7 year olds and not have a stash of band-aids!

The white container holds my running records sheets, lesson planning sheets, and blank paper.

I have an easel, near my table, that I attached a whiteboard to on one side and a chalkboard to on the other side.  I keep my containers of magnetic letters with the easel. One bin holds all lower case letters and the other holds all uppercase case letters.

I hope you enjoyed getting a closer look at how I keep my Reading Recovery materials organized.  Be on the lookout for a post coming soon on how I keep my Reading Recovery paperwork organized.



3 thoughts on “Reading Recovery: Organizing Materials

  1. Neeley

    Rhonda!! Looks super! Please tell me about the birthday cake all about me papers!! I zoomed to see closer, but would love to do this with my kiddos. Can you post a closer image? Thanks!

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