I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have a slight case of OCD when it comes to neatness, organization, and office supplies. I’m so in love with Ziploc bags that when I saw this system on Pinterest, I knew that I had to organzie my homemade (and printed from online sources) materials with it! Isn’t it genius?! The site describes that using tape on the seam of a Ziploc bag allows it to be 3-hole punched. The holes are reinforced by the tape so it won’t rip, stretch, fall out of the binder, etc. Plus, the Ziploc bags are roomy and flexible! I prefer the bags with the “slider” zipper and mine are actually Hefty, not Ziploc. I find the “slider” bags are easier to open and close quickly and they ensure a good seal if the students are closing them. Of course I used my zebra-print duct tape to decorate my bags! I found that folding the duct tape in half along the left seam of the bag was enough. The picture in the pin makes it look like you need the duct tape wider – a full piece per side. I don’t believe so. Then, I 3-hole punched and Voila! Here’s a look at my binders:
|I <3 binders!|
|Here’s my Artic binder with a view of my Multisyllabic Watermelons & Roller Coaster /s/ Blends games!
Find them in my TPT store!
|I need more bags… Shocker.|
I also found free, printable binder covers on Pinterest that I used to categorize my games/materials. ***I can’t find the exact pin that I used, but I’ve seen tons of them all over the place. So far I have binders for: Language (aka Semantics), Artic, Grammar, & Answering Questions. I ADORE my binders.
I also found a really fun way to organize my supplemental Candy Land cards (from Speech Room News). I have purchased 2 of these so far. My version of Candy Land comes in a plastic box that’s supposed to look like a book. It’s too small to fit all of my decks in individual bags, so I came up with this:
|I cut out just the title of each set and stuck it behind the cards so it’s visible from the outside when the book is closed.|
|A view of the book open|
This is a “book” made of thin plastic/vinyl with 12 little pockets (each about the size of an index card) with a flap that keeps the pocket closed. It turned out to be the perfect place to keep all of my Candy Land sets! (I currently have 2, with one more on my wishlist!) I got this organizer at Michael’s a couple of years ago in the scrapbook storage section. It didn’t cost much more, if any, than $10. With a coupon, you can’t beat that! It’s very narrow and lightweight. I had been keeping some small sets of random, homemade, rarely-used minimal pair cards in it. I like this idea much better!
And now for a giveaway! I promised that when SLPirates’s Facebook page reached over 25 ‘likes”, I’d do a pirate-themed giveaway. Welp, my “likes” skyrocketed to over 175 in about 3 hours (THANK YOU!), so it’s time for those pirates! I’m giving away a copy of my Vocalic /ar/ Board Games. It is a set of 3 game boards targeting /ar/ in initial, medial, and final word position. Take a look here.
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Thanks for reading! If you have pictures of your organization systems for your printed materials, please email them to SpeechLanguagePirates@gmail.com I’d love to see them!