Monday, 26 July 2021

Chart Stands for Anchor Charts and Pocket Charts

Chart stands are great space savers for classrooms. Most classrooms have cinder blocks and it is difficult to hang heavy pocket charts on them. Anchor charts need to hang from a rack in order to easily flip over to a new page. Classroom chart stands can be single racks, double racks, clothing racks, easel whiteboards, or PVC DIY racks.  I love to find awesome classroom organization ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas below are Amazon for the best classroom Chart Stands for Anchor Charts and Pocket Charts.

  • Clothes racks v.s. anchor chart stands: This Whitmore adjustable rolling garment rack is easy to assemble. Since it is built to hold up garments, you know that it can handle anchor charts. I have found that the garment racks are cheaper than the 'made for classrooms' brands and they are just as strong or even stronger. If you're teaching on a budget, this one will give you the best value for money.

  • Hang two charts at a time: There are classroom chart stands that have a double rack like this versatile Double pocket chart stand from Carson Dellosa. Some pocket charts are very long, so the higher rack is usually for a tall pocket chart and the lower rack can be for a shorter pocket chart or an anchor chart. It comes with the rings and rolls on wheels so you can just turn it to show either the pocket chart or anchor chart that you need to use. It also has a storage shelf at the base. 

  • Use a regular drying rack for clothes: If you want an anchor chart stand with more horizontal storage racks, use a clothes drying rack. This can be used as a back up stand that is strictly for storing your anchor charts.

  • Hang anchor charts on whiteboard easel stands: An easel stand doubles as a white board and as a stand for your anchor charts or flip charts. The second easel whiteboard has hooks for an acnchor chart pad but the teacher prefers to hang a magnetic curtain rod on it for her anchor charts.

Make sure that you have the best anchor chart pads for your easel stand. I put together a list of tips for finding the best flip charts for anchor charts in this blog post.

Friday, 23 July 2021

How to Store Classroom Puzzles and Game Boards

Teachers are storing puzzles and game boards in different ways. They can be stored and organized in paper sorters, puzzle racks, flat stackable containers, or mesh zipper bags. Each of these options allow you to see your puzzle boards easily so that they are easy to find among the stack. See which option below you'd prefer.

I love to find awesome classroom organization ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are great for storing classroom puzzles and chunky game boards.

  • Use paper sorters: These metal paper-organizers are just the right size for storing these preschool wooden peg puzzle boards.

  • Use puzzle racks: Similar to the paper sorters are these puzzle racks which are designed just for the Melissa and Doug chunky puzzle boards. They come come in a deluxe size for bigger puzzles.

  • Use flat containers: Each stackable container has a label so you can spot the one you need and pull it out. 

  • Zip them up: Strong Zipper bags come in all different sizes to hold puzzle pieces or boardgame parts. The zipper is much easier for children to use than the seal on Ziplock bags. The larger zipper bags can even hold puzzle boards and game boards. I use mesh zipper bags to store my printable puzzles. After discovering them, I was done with the Ziplock bags! 

If it's one thing that all these methods have in common, it's that they have some degree of transparency. That is something I always need for classroom organization. If you also prefer to be able to clearly see what is being stored through your storage containers, see many different types of clear storage options in this blog post. The containers you will see can definitely be used to store your classroom puzzle pieces.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Wire Grid Storage Tips for Classrooms

Wire grid storage shelves and organizers are affordable and strong solutions for storing things like classroom worksheets, cardstock, classroom books, files, and classroom devices. Unlike, regular wooden shelves, some wire grid shelves can be customized easily into any shape that suits your classroom needs. This flexibility makes wire grid storage a good option for classroom storage.

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  • Storing Cardstock on a Grid Shelf: Easily assemble your own storage shelf using wire grid shelving. These are usually used to make modular cube-styled shelving but you can use zip ties to make shorter stacks to hold your cardstock collection. You will get a lots of shelving from this, enough to sort sheets by color.

  • Make a classroom library: The main bonus about using a grid frame for your library is that it gives you flexibility. It has to be made of a steel wire frame like this one to be strong enough to hold books. Make your own custom library shelf in any shape you need. The grid design allows you to make an L-shape library to curve around a window or whiteboard. You could also go low with your design and just make a very wide library unit that goes under your whiteboard. 

  • Use hanging wire mesh organizers: Some types can go over a door and others hang from the wall. The wall hanging organizers are as strong as the hooks that hold them up. If you are allowed to drill holes in your classroom wall, then I highly recommend these organizers.

  • Store and charge devices: Use multiple wall hanging mesh organizers to store smaller classroom devices and they should be hung close to the plugs to double as charging stations. There are also tabletop mesh organizers that can be used for this purpose. See them being used in this blog post which has more ideas for storing tech devices in the classroom.

  • Store file folders in a mesh organizer: If you need to keep you file folders right on your desk or on a nearby table, keep them in a mesh hanging file organizer. For under twenty dollars, it is good value for money.

All of the tips above are ways that you can use wire grid or mesh grid vertical storage ideas in your classroom. For more vertical storage tips, I have some in this blog post for you to discover how you can make the best use of limited space in your classroom.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Llama Themed Classroom Decor Ideas

Llama Classroom Decor Ideas

Teachers, are you having a llama theme this year? These Llama Themed Classroom Decor Ideas will help you get your classroom looking so llamazing!  A llama theme is very calming with muted colors quiet happy llamas. It has a 'no drama' atmosphere but can be a bit festive (just a bit).  Scroll down to see llama themed classroom decor printables printables.

I love to find awesome classroom decor ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are great for making a llama themed classroom.

  • Make a llama classroom door design:  A large llama wall decal can be used for a door design. I found this large llama wall decal that sticks to textured walls, cinder blocks, bulletin board paper, and doors. It also stands out on a dark background! A teacher used it to make a beautiful 'Como te Llamas?' classroom door design.

  • Llama cut-outs: Use llama cut-outs to make your bulletin boards and decorate your classroom walls. You can also use them to make a llama classroom wreath for your classroom door by adding cut-outs to a wreath that you may already have.

  • Make an easy Llama backdrop bulletin board: This Llama themed birthday backdrop is being used by teachers to make quick and easy bulletin boards. For the first picture, the teacher plans to insert the words '5th Grade is' for it to read '5th Grade is a Whole Llama Fun'. For the second bulletin board, the teacher added words to hers for it to read 'A whole Llama Learning & Fun'.

  • Make a Llama themed reading nook: A classroom reading nook doesn't need to be big to be comfortable. This classroom corner is decorated with a llama themed wall decal, a llama plush toy, and a llama reading pillow.


See my collection of llama themed classroom decor printables here. These printables are from my TpT collection. You get to download them instantly upon purchase and they can be used for years because you'll have lifetime access to the files.

Editable Llama themed Class Timetable and Editable Llama Classroom Supply Labels

Editable Llama Meet the Teacher Template and colorful Editable Llama classroom labels

Editable Llama themed Classroom Rules

More llama themed classroom decor items from Amazon:

This llama wall hanging mail sorter is used as a classroom organizer for color sorting head phones.

This back to school No Prob-llama bulletin board has a pop of bright colors framed with a white wood border.

Lots of festive accents go well with a llama classroom. See ideas for a festive classroom here in this blog post.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Alternatives to Filing Cabinets

Filing cabinets are great if you have the space for them. I have only taught in small classrooms, too small to fit anything more than a bookcase, my desk and chair and the students' furniture. However, we made it work. There are smaller and more affordable alternatives to filing cabinets that can be used for organizing your classroom files. I love to find awesome classroom organization ideas. As an Amazon affiliate, I may earn a commission for purchases using my links. Learn more. The ideas and paid links below are based on Amazon finds that are great Alternatives to Filing Cabinets in the classroom.

  • Use a plastic file box containerFile folders fit nicely into it. This container is lightweight and easy to transport. The lids clip on and they are stackable. 


  • Mobile file storage carts: Mobile carts may soon be more popular than filing cabinets simply because they can be easily moved around the classroom. Some carts are open on the sides so you can actually see the files. Some teachers may prefer the closed ones with metal sides or with plastic sides. Some can even lock.


Inserting portable file containers into mobile carts 
  • Insert portable file containers into larger carts: Portable file containers are used to keep file folder stacked neatly. They can be used on their own as stand alone file storage for table tops. I love seeing them used in conjunction with portable teacher carts.


  • Use a milk crate: a milk crate that is big enough, can be used as an organizer for file folders.

  • Use portable file boxes with side rails: These are file boxes with flip lids. The black closed frame keeps the files private and secure. This is a very affordable option.

I should mention that if you really prefer a file cabinet for your small classroom, you can try a small filing cabinet that fits under your desk. I have this blog post about small cabinets for classrooms that has lots of pictures of the different style options that are available, if you are curious.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!