As the end of the school year nears, I want to share with you a system for cleaning my classroom at the end of the school year. It will save your sanity and keep those little learners busy on those last few days of school.
Who Should Help with the End of the Year Clean Up?
Steps to Classroom Clean Up
Keep a List of What Comes Next
How Do I Get The Class to Help?
For each job completed, I give a reward. The small jobs like checking for working markers or erasing the word family charts, I may give a mini marshmallow. The BIG jobs like sorting sight word cards or cleaning shelves may get a bigger prize. I am up front about various rewards to encourage hard workers.
Tips I Have Learned Over Time
Once an area is done… I close it for the year. THE END. It is no longer an option. As we clean, more and more of the room gets closed down. It is truly a beautiful thing. Also keep in mind that many, if not all, of these tasks have learning elements. Like organizing number cards 1-100, or sorting addition and subtraction cards.