I would think that with all the time I’ve spent in my room these past few weeks, I’d be completely done. But I’m not. I’m not really even close. What I’ve mostly been doing is the type of things that go on behind cupboards. You know, the boring stuff. Organizing, organizing…oh, and more organizing. With that, came organizing the math manipulative cupboard.
Last year, I had an unorganized experience with math manipulatives. One of my random observations happened in math. I hadn’t realized that the lesson for that day required me to pass out different colored cubes to each child. As my principal sat in the back observing, my mind started to panic. Cubes!? As in, I should have probably prepared for this ahead of time, huh? All of my cubes, I should mention, were scattered about in my various Daily 3 math games. I started to tear apart some of my math games, wishing I had organized my manipulatives at the beginning of the year. That lesson taught me a lesson! 🙂
Last week, I spent a day organizing all of my manipulatives so that I could grab a basket in an instant. That meant I spent the day putting together 27 bags of coins, 27 bags of base ten blocks, 27 bags of shapes, and putting together a basket that has cubes linked together with the same colors. Clocks went in another basket, number cards in the next, and so on. Games and random things we rarely use went on the shelf below. It was boring and tedious but I know I’ll be happy during the school year when everything I need is ready to be passed out when needed.