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what do you keep at your table?


Date: Thu Sep 09 2004 - 19:19:13 PDT

I get plastic bins with handles and 3 compartments. I put the name of the
table artist on a laminated paper on the side of the basket. There is also
a sign hanging above the table with the artist's name on one side and
country and a print of their work on the other side. In the baskets -in
the little section there are pencils and erasers, middle section has
marker (m- middle, marker it all starts with the same letter) and in the
big section are scissors and glue and some 3X 5 cards that I use for
tickets to get out of the room.(if we have extra time I have the older
kids write the answer to an art question on the card and its their ticket
to get out) I give the "basket talk" on the first days of school. About
respect property etc,, don't play with the stuff etc... If you start with
kdg and hammer it in, eventually they get it. If kdg. forget , I just walk
over and take the basket away until I'm done explaining. I can always tell
when there are new kids in older grades - they do a little playing with
stuff until they are "with the program" With kids who have been with me, I
just stop talking and give them the "look" and they quickly put the glue,
or scissors or whatever away. A couple years ago I found two tall rolling
wire carts at an office supply store that was going out of business. They
each have 5 tray like shelves. I love them- I keep crayons in tubs, rulers
in a coke box, colored pencils in cups in coke boxes, skinny markers in
cups in coke boxes, oil pastels in pie plates, etc..... on these carts. If
we are using other supplies, the kids can easily walk over and get what
they need. It saves room in cabinets and can be accessed easily and also
moved out of the way easily.