Using the pencil box approach was great for older students, but kindergartners and first graders are messy and not all were capable of keeping track of their items. I'll admit that last year I did try the pencil boxes with my kindergartners and it was a huge disaster. Mid year I collected the boxes and brought out the shared table caddies. Having these little ones share supplies worked well. Best of all it taught them to SHARE and learn to WAIT THEIR TURN.
To go with my new theme this year in my room, I've made table labels. I printed the labels onto card stock, used my personal laminator from Costco- only $20, and then I used my Xyron sticker maker to apply adhesive to the back. To keep the caddies clean, I am using frosting containers to hold everything. I know what you are thinking, that is a lot of frosting- Yes it was, but my kids make cupcakes all the time- we've been saving the containers all year.
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