Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pencil Organization

I have decided to update my pencil (can) holder. Last year they were in tin cans covered and labeled. I liked them but they weren't completely functional. I say that because the kiddos had to reach into the can and then decide if that pencil tip would work for them. Sounds weird, but I know you have the one or two kiddos who HAVE to have the SHARPEST pencil in the batch. One little darling  in particular would pull out a handful, search and search, and then place the ones that didn't make the cut back. And on some occasions the tips would break and the rest of the class would pull back an already broken pencil. (I have a strict lead down rule so there are no accident impalements!)

So I searched on my second favorite teacher website, Proteacher.net. (second to Pinterest of course!) I typed in "pencil can labels" and found the cutest label! I immediately knew what I would do! The label was shared for FREE from the fabulous Peace, Love and Learning blog. Go check her out!

I bought these two white bins from Wal-Mart.
I used my handy dandy laminator and some scrapbook paper to decorate.

I hope these work better for them since they will see the pencil before they pick it up!

What do you use in your classroom for pencils?  I'd love to hear your pencil procedure!
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  1. Thanks for the shout out! I love how you used the labels in baskets and the scrapbook paper is adorable. My kinders are constantly knocking over my pencil cups - I think I'm going to switch to baskets!

    Peace, Love & Learning

  2. Love the look. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have used a similar method, but color coded with red for 'ready to write' and blue for 'broken'. It helps students remember which basket or cup to put the pencil into.