Anyone else struggle to keep track of all the speech therapy materials? There are so many amazing resources out there; it's easy to quickly accumulate a pile of materials! Have you ever bought something you already own? Or bought new materials because it's easier to buy something new than dig through the mess of materials you already own? Guilty as charged! Once I got organized, however, I found this happened a lot less.
Here's a peek at how I organize those themed materials...
My Favorite Organizational Tools
I found these colorful bins at Office Depot. They were on sale for most of the summer. Walmart usually has bins for about $5 throughout the year, if you missed the sale!I then bought file folders (Amazon affiliate links). I splurged on my favorite color, but they have cheaper options, too!
Organization in Action
I ended up creating one folder for each theme. This makes it easy to store craft templates and book guides.
I store the books behind the folder for each theme.
I use my SLP Now Membership to keep track of my other activities electronically. Instead of printing out hundreds of pages, I just access the materials as I need them. (This has helped my speech room be much less cluttered!)
I'm able to pull up many of the activities on my iPad, so I don't even have to print! If I do need to print an activity, I can quickly find it on the membership site and hit print. I get to skip lines at the copy machine, which is a huge plus for this busy SLP.
You don't have to become a lesson plan member to get organized (although we would love to have you)! You can store your favorite activities on your computer (read more here!) or Google Drive.
If you need to have your paper resources, there are a number of organizational tools you can use to store those packets/activities. Here are some that I've tried...
Want more ideas? Check out this video! I show how I organize my skill-based resources.
Lesson Planning Process
When it comes to lesson planning, I'm able to quickly grab a book, a book guide, and a craft template from my seasonal box. If I need any additional materials, I print out activities from the membership site. Then, I keep all the materials in my speech bin for easy access throughout the week.
Easy Book Inventory
To keep track of the books I have, I used SLP Toolkit's tip. I can easily keep track of my books in Evernote, which is awesome!
So there's a peek at my themed lesson plan organization! How do you organize your themed materials?