Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How I Store My Stations

With so many amazing literacy and math stations available to teachers today I think it's very important to store them safely and in an organized way so I can always find them when I need them!  I've spent so much money on paper, ink, and laminate alone that I want to protect my investment.  {I know you're all with me on that!}

Here's how I prepare and store my stations....
First, I begin by printing all of the pages needed.  I glue the cover page on the front of a 9x12 envelope.  If the directions are seperate, I glue them onto the back of the envelope.  I laminate the envelope {with the flap open} and all of the station pieces.  I cut out the envelope and carefully slice open the opening.  Then, I cut out all of the station pieces.  I put these pieces inside of a Ziploc bag.  I put the Ziploc bag inside of the laminated envelope along with the copies of the recording sheets.  I use a small circular Velcro piece to keep the envelope closed.*

Right now I have all of these beautiful envelopes stored in a cupboard in my classroom.  The problem is that the shelves are narrow so I can't quickly locate a station I need.  I just purchased a medium sized storage tub and plan to store the envelopes inside it standing up with tall dividers for different catergories and subjects.

This is the best way I've found to keep my stations safe and sound.  How do you store your stations?

*Please note, the 9x12 envelopes come with or without the little metal brads {the ones with brads are cheaper}.  I have put both types through the big laminator.  I hear you're not supposed to put the brads through the laminator... I've never had a problem, but this is my disclaimer!  :)

--Mrs. Pollard


  1. I LOOOOOVEE this!! I don't really have a great storage solution for individual games like this, but I have a great storage solution (well I think it's great) for my thematic units. Check out this post and follow my blog if you like :)

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  3. I love finding posts that share how they store stations!! Adding this to my file!

  4. I store my stuff the same way and LOVE it!! I've never used velcro, though! What a great idea!! On my Walmart list now!! I just downloaded your Easter Egg rewards from TpT! LOVE!! Thank you!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  5. I love this idea! Will start using next year

  6. So true about the new ideas and storage! I like this tub idea. What I'm trying to do is keep my Reading stations and math stations in seperate tubs. Dividing them by units of study is even easier and just pulling out when needed.

  7. Thanks for the ideas! I am covered up in math workstations.
    I teach first grade in NC also.

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