Teach students how to organize their daily folders in kindergarten using a bulletin board.
It can be tricky to give keep on top of those gosh-darn flyers from the office, parent notes and daily papers.
Plus, we know daily communication is important between parents and their child about the day’s events, and between parents and me, the teacher.
I’m sure I am preaching to the crowd. So, what can we do to make that easier on everyone?
My solution is a daily folder system that is quick and effective for parents and me – but still age-appropriate for my kinders.
Now, as awesome as the folder is, it doesn’t teach itself.
That’s where this daily folder bulletin board comes into play.
This bulletin board is the giant-sized model of my students’ folder (except for colors that match my classroom color scheme) and students use it every day.
My absolute favorite part? It teaches responsibility.
Okay – let’s break down how I made it.
Creating the Pieces
Front and Back Cover
I cut two rectangle pieces of bulletin board background paper to represent the front and back cover of the folder. I laminated them and folded up the bottom and stapled it on the sides to represent the front and back pockets.
They actually did function as pockets, but I normally didn’t shove stuff down in them since the papers would flop over.
The front and back pockets make our “empty” and “work” sections.
I cut a rectangle piece to be our “slash divider” poly pocket in the middle. I cut a plain piece of lamination at an angle to look like the slash pockets.
I enlarged a copy of our calendar to be roughly the same size as the rectangle pieces.
Pulling it Together
Then I laid out the pieces so that it appears as if a folder is laid open, but that all sections of the folder are visible. Then stapled everything in place.
I made an enlarged version of their folder labels for each section. It turned out to be a pretty good giant version of their daily folders.
I added push pins or stikki clips (but I prefer a push pin) to the front cover, back cover and slash pocket.
This allowed me to fan out the flyers and papers to go home and push pin them right onto the section they were supposed to go home in.
For example, if we had 5 flyers to go home, I’d pin one of each fanned out into the home section. That way, at a glance, students could see how many papers and which papers were supposed to go where.
Learning to Use It
Teaching students how to use this bulletin board and their folder at the same time was part of our first days of kindergarten.
I used icons to teach them how to get their folder ready.
And I used a social story to help them learn the routine for the end of the day.
Both of these helped lay a foundation to create a smooth daily folder system that lasted all year!
It eventually became part of our normal, everyday classroom life. I could just put up papers at any point of the day (before students packed up to go home) and they would know what to do without me saying a word.
There you have how I created a bulletin board to teach students responsibility to organize their daily folders to enhance daily communication and stay on top of all of those pesky papers.
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