Keep Your Kiddos Organized! {Freebie}

With two weeks left before school starts, I've been working on my looong to-do list!  Today's project was to put together B.E.E. Books for my kiddos!
Do you use a B.E.E. Book in your classroom?  Maybe you use a Moose, a Frog, or even a Kangaroo!  Whatever you call it, these student-to-home folders are GREAT organizational tools for our little ones!  And you can include as little or as much inside as you want!

Just in case you don't know what a B.E.E. is, this little acronym stands for "Bring Everything Everyday."  B.E.E not the word you're looking for?  Click {here} for a HUGE list of acronyms that you can use!

For my BEEs {I'm losing the "." because it's getting annoying to type lol}, I like to use 2-pocket poly folders with fasteners.  I buy a bunch of them on sale from an office supply store-- this year, it was Office Depot.
 I put a cutesy label on the front:
And little labels on the inside too:
The left pocket of the folder is for papers that should be LEFT at home.  The right pocket is for papers that should come RIGHT back to school.  I also include a 3-hole pencil pouch in the BEE that should be used for money and notes:
Thank you Office Depot... $0.01!!!

Like I said, you can include whatever you want in your BEE.  I keep mine really simple:  I use the fasteners to hold a page protector that houses a homework/weekly skills sheet.  I 3-hole punch my behavior calendars and pop them in the BEE, too.  You can add reading logs, reference sheets, a parent/teacher communication section... anything!

If you want to make your own BEE using the labels above, click {HERE} to pick them up, FREE, from my TpT shop!! I also included a view binder cover sheet, in case you want to use a binder instead:

I didn't only buy *every* yellow folder that Office Depot had, I also bought *every* purple folder, too!  Hey, I can't pass up good deal!  I am using the purple folders as my class work folder... which I am now renaming the "sticker book!"
I saw this idea while blog stalking the other day, and I LOVED it!  Amy from What Happens in First Grade posted about it on her blog, and even has freebie labels so you can make a set for your class!! The sticker book is really a class work folder, with labels on the inside for finished/unfinished work:
And it doubles as a place for my kiddos to put all those stickers I give them!!  Now I won't find the stickers stuck to the desk, the floor, their heads.... ;)

How do you keep your students organized?  I'd love to get more ideas!!

13 comments

Lisa R. said...

Oh my gosh, Office Depot had the pouches for a penny!? What a deal! I've used these notebooks in the past & it was a great way to keep it organized! I love it! Our school purchased home to school communicators this year so I'm hesitantly trying their folders. I think I'm going to end up going back to your method though. :)
Lisa
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Miss Kindergarten said...

You're on your way to organized!! Way to go cupcake!!

Unknown said...

"BEE" utiful....now I am going to barf at my my pun. but seriously. Bee Proud. They look great!

Lyndsey (A Year of Many Firsts) said...

Awesome blossom! Super cute. Thanks for sharing, friend.

Lyndsey

Jill said...

I bought the 1 cent pencil pouches for my BEE books from Office Depot too!!!! They are a totally different kind than yours, how weird!

Marvelous Multiagers!

Gladys said...

Love your BEE books...so cute!

Gladys
http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

Erin Brown said...

Those home folders look great! My 3rd graders have a binder they take home with their planners, h/w calendar, Super 6 math weekly h/w, and pencil pouch. It is so nice to have it all organized!!
Erin
http://adventuresinthirdgrade-brown.blogspot.com/

Unknown said...

Love the idea, I'm going to try it out!

Jenny

Amy Johnston said...

Thank you so much for posting about the sticker books. Here is the link to my post.

http://whathappensinfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2012/08/back-to-school-organization-free-labels.html

I'm so happy your babies will have a place to "stick" their stickers (and the rest of their stuff).

The clean desk fairy will be happy!

Amy
http://whathappensinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

Mary said...

You are such a bargain hunter!

They look GREAT!
Mary
Sharing Kindergarten

Michelle Griffo said...

I love it so much! I haven't heard of B.E.E. before!
Michelle
Apples and ABC's

Michelle Griffo said...

I love it so much! I haven't heard of B.E.E. before!
Michelle
Apples and ABC's

Elizabeth said...

Very clever :)
Elizabeth

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