Toys that have been donated by my classroom parents over the past few years. I can't help but guess the parents donated the items because they didn't want their kids to have them due to having to pick up small pieces from the family mini van or to alleviate the possibility of them being stuck in body parts of younger brothers and sisters. To me it's beginning to look more like a "junk" chest than anything full of treasures.
A few months ago while reading a few blogs, I noticed Mel D. over at Seusstastic had a great idea- Behavior Coupons. She gives credit to Sarah Cooley over at First Grader...At Last! These coupons are great for a few reasons: (1) The coupons are great for school related opportunities, and (2) the coupon storage takes up almost no space at all-Yay!
After 18 years of teaching, I am really ready to start paring down all the school related materials I have accumulated through the years. Also, I teach at a year round school. With the year round school comes the potential for tracking in an out of your room every nine weeks. That means, I have to pack my stuff and MOVE- UGH! Next year, this will affect my grade level. So I need to start NOW- only keeping items I really need. Because, really, who wants to continuously pack up lots of "stuff?" Not ME! (My TA would agree as well.)
Hop on over to Mel D's Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations to download these great "FREEBIE" behavior coupons.
Currently, I am working on a notebook organizational system for these. I also plan to make other coupons as well. As soon as I have completed them, I will post a free download just for you:-)