I spent quite a bit of time on the office at Montessori again today. I feel really good about what I got done, and I'm trying not to get bogged down and overwhelmed about how much is left to do. Like my cousin says, "If you're going to eat an elephant, take it one bite at a time" (or something like that). My WAY COOL project is completed and I have to say it really turned out great. I am posting the pictures here with a description of what I did or used.
Yesterday, I purchased a Cubicals organizer by Closetmaid from Target. Several teachers at my school have them and I have been scheming about this since I found out I was hired for the Montessori position. The fabric drawers were purchased separately (also at Target). Since there are about 9 months of the school year and 9 drawers, I have labeled one drawer for each month. That way, I will have a place to put all the activities for that month ahead of time and I can just grab the drawer when that month comes around. I debated about using all natural colored drawers and sprucing each one up with seasonal ribbons. However, they were out of the natural drawers last night, and I thought the different colors would give the office some pizzazz. I picked the drawer colors by what colors kind of go with each season. I had to really stretch for a few months (i.e. I used green for October) because I only had limited colors to choose from. But I really love the way it looks.
Here is a closer-up photo of the drawers.
Here is a close-up of the September drawer. I used tags labelled with Creative Memories month stickers and tied them on with string. Then I tied on seasonal ribbons to each drawer pull. My oldest son helped cut the ribbon and really enjoyed working on this project with me.
Here is the September drawer pulled out with some of the activities inside. In addition to seasonal activities, I plan to place any science, geography, or cultural materials for that month in the drawer. For example, we will be doing Living/Nonliving, Plant/Animal work in science in September and continent study for geography; so those materials will end up getting filed in the September drawer. Additionally, I may put the birthday certificates and crowns for each month in the drawer ahead of time so they will be ready for the year.
Above are photos of a few more drawer handles. If you would like to see more close-ups of the other months, post a comment.
And finally, I wanted to post this photo of the office looking a lot more organized than yesterday. It is coming along. I have a little left to do in here, then on to the classroom!