Saturday, July 20, 2013

Optimum Organization {July 20th}...2nd to Last One

Before I begin, I'd like to let you know that next week will be our last Optimum Organization Party :)  We sure enjoyed the ideas this summer!  Several teachers are beginning to head back and it's time to wind down the summer for us, too.  So, make sure you link up next week for sure...it will be the last one!


If you'd like to link up with us, grab the button above and share either an organizational idea or an organizational find.  You can join the party on Kristen's blog or mine...it's all the same party so come on over!
Now on to my idea for the week.

Have you seen these floating around Pinterest forever?  They are from Kinder Keri and they were recently featured on BuzzFeed as one of the 25 Clever Classroom Ideas.  I agree!!
Original Source: http://kinderkeri.blogspot.com/2012/10/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-things.html

I've loved them for a long time and have been on the hunt for them all summer and guess what?  My next door teaching buddy {Holla, Caroline!} even texted me this week about them.  So, I KNEW it was time to find them for sure!  Thanks, Caroline ;)

I looked, and looked all around my itty-bitty town.  No luck.  Boo!  But, that's where my good friend, Google comes in to rescue me!  Yay, Google!  I found them on Ebay!  Yippee! They are on their way to me soon.  {And in my colors....score!}
Now, you may be asking how is this an organizational tip.  Well, guess what?  No more passing out dry erase boards.  That's going to save time and aggravation.  So, less organizing needed.  Which, in a sense, means more organization.

Not satisfied?

Well, here's one more tip.

I'm scaling down the eraser, too.  I found these at the Dollar Store:


And...they are in my colors!  Yippee again!  I'll keep them in a very small container.  I'll be getting rid of my large squares of microfiber cloths.   Smaller container= more organized.

So, what are your tips/ideas for this week?  Link up below:

26 comments :

  1. I LOVE the dry erase circle Idea! Can you post the link to where you got them?

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    1. The circles are called Board Dudes Dry Erase Circles on EBay. I don't have a link right now (on my phone).

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  2. I got some at Dollar Tree. 3 for $1.

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  3. Oh I love the idea of using those little dry erase circles! Great idea!

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  4. Congrats in finding them! I'm so jealous, LOL!!I would love to have those dry erase circles on my table too!! I'm happy for you!:)

    Alma
    http://alsolis.blogspot.com

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  5. Love those little dry erase circles and how they come in great colors. Going to need to stock up on some of those. Great idea!

    Erica
    Shepherd's Shining Stars

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  6. Sweet Elizabeth:
    Love those dry erase circles!
    And, no surprise, our classrooms are the same colors. (Mine has some bright blue/turquoise thrown in too).
    Your ideas always inspire me.
    Sending you happy thoughts!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  7. Those erasers are awesome! So much better than my ugly pieces of felt! Thanks for the tip Elizabeth, I will have to check those out this week! :)

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

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    1. Use the felt on the bottom of your chair legs to stop from that annoying scratching sound and also from scrape marks!

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  8. Ooooo...I love this!! I'm going to put some boring white ones on my table because I am tired of the same thing (passing out the boards). Let me rephrase that. I WAS going to put boring white ones but now I feel compelled to search for colorful ones!!!! And those erasers....

    time to go shopping :)

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  9. I went on a hunt for the dry erase circles and ended up on a site called Wall Pops...now I want everything they have! LOL!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  10. Oh, no! Only one more?! Maybe have it as a monthly linky during the school year?

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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  11. 1. I've never seen those dry erase circles, but they look fabulous!!
    2. I had a great time meeting you today! I hope you and your crew have a safe trip back to SC.

    I'm looking forward to reading your blog!!!
    -Amanda @
    Teacher at the Wheel

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  12. LOVE the colours - they look great! Google really is wonderful isn't it! Sooo jealous of your kidney shaped table, I wish we had those in Australia - boo

    Alison
    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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  13. I love the circles too. I wouldn't have thought to look on ebay.
    ✿April✿
    Grade School Giggles

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  14. I actually had those on my table when I moved to second. They got so icky looking... I'm a Clorox wipe freak though.

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  15. Love that you found them on EBay-going to check those out now too!! Thanks! PS I agree with Fifth in the Middle-I will be so sad to see this linky go away...monthly sounds like a fabulous idea!??!?!

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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  16. Before you spend money on the circles, check that dry erase markers don't work directly on your tables already. I have the kids write on the table and use their erasers. Then to get any residual marks, we use baby wipes when we are all done for the day. The added bonus there is the tables get cleaned too!

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  17. Love those circles! Too cute! (I just have mine write on the table...a little messier but it does work...same as on a desk...but the circles are way cuter!) I saw the pin about those "erasers" too! I need to head to the Dollar Store!!

    :O) Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  18. I just bought the boring, square, white ones at Wal-Mart! They were in the back to school section with a bunch of other teacher stuff! I was excited b/c I too had that pin on Pinterest. The circles are way cutter, I will have to think of a way to spruce mine up :)

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  19. I love the Dollar Tree buy! I need to get me some of those!!!

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  20. The circles look great! I think I might be a little confused though. Are they peel and stick? Can you remove, adjust, and reuse them?

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  21. I love the circle idea!! Anything that saves time is a winner! Those circle microfiber "erasers" are so fun too. Thank you for hosting this awesome linky party!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  22. I LOVE this idea!! I may have to buy some of those mats.. right now! :) Can't wait to learn more from you! Stop by sometime! :)

    Miss McDonald's Memoirs

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  23. Thank you for the Dollar Tree dry eraser idea!

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