Oh, the Joy of a New Discovery!

I’m always looking for a better way to organize the materials on my shelves, especially since I am working in a very small space. Recently I discovered that combining one of my teacher store favs (library pockets) with brochure holders from Office Max results in a perfect way to display card materials.

First of all, library pockets are just like the kind you’d find in the front or back of a library book, only brightly colored. They’re available patterned, too, although that’s a little much for me. They are perfect for all manner of cards: sight words, math equations, and nomenclature. Since they’re available in a variety of colors, I like the match the colors to the work or curricular area I’m using them in. (Click on all pictures to enlarge).

Next, I found these great brochure holders at OfficeMax (haven’t seen this kind at Staples, unfortunately). They’re in the section that has display stands for flyers, catalogs, and brochures. As luck would have it, they are the perfect size to hold the library pockets. I printed labels for the pockets, added the cards, and I am delighted to find that I can fit a full set of math equation cards, or an entire year’s worth of geometry nomenclature in a very small space on the shelf!

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21 Responses to “Oh, the Joy of a New Discovery!”

  • ~L~ said at September 19th, 2007 at 8:09 am :

    As a Montessori-eclectic homeschooler, I am forever looking for things like this. The big kids “grades” are so full o’ stuff.

  • montessori_lori said at September 19th, 2007 at 12:24 pm :

    I know, I’m so excited! I went to OfficeMax and bought every single brochure holder!

  • Meredith said at September 19th, 2007 at 12:49 pm :

    This is EXACTLY what I need!!! What a great find and discovery, thank you so much for sharing it here. Do the library pockets come from OfficeMax too??? Blessings!

  • montessori_lori said at September 19th, 2007 at 1:02 pm :

    Glad you like it! The library pockets are from the teacher store – hence the whole “teacher store” thing at the beginning! =)

    I just found the library pockets on eBay as well – you’ll have to scroll through a few listings to find them. They seem to be in the scrapbooking category.

  • Michelle Irinyi said at September 19th, 2007 at 2:30 pm :

    Awesome! I have two teacher workdays this Thursday and Friday. I’m doing nothing but making materials and lesson plans. Maybe through Christmas???

  • montessori_lori said at September 19th, 2007 at 2:53 pm :

    I know, every time I come close to cutting out all the stuff I laminated this summer, I think of more stuff to make!! At this rate, I will never finish.

    I’m also making phonics bags (one for each letter) with objects and stuff – they are just too cute. I bought the stuff yesterday, but when will I have time?!

  • Theresa said at September 19th, 2007 at 8:27 pm :

    Love it! So neat, orderly, and attractive.

  • jessica said at September 20th, 2007 at 5:46 am :

    fantastic!! thank you!

  • Andrea said at September 24th, 2007 at 6:43 pm :

    I LOVE the library pockets- those are just what I need! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mare said at September 24th, 2007 at 9:24 pm :

    Oh, library card pockets are a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • montessori_lori said at September 24th, 2007 at 9:29 pm :

    Wow, this idea seems popular! So glad everyone is liking it. I hope you can find library pockets!

  • Marianne said at October 2nd, 2007 at 10:17 am :

    This is a great way to organize and display! I will be off to Office Max again soon!

  • Bridget said at February 2nd, 2008 at 4:01 pm :

    What about for pre-readers? I can never figure out how to display printed materials for pre-readers so it doesn’t take up too much space, but is neat and tidy. For example, your pink series with the control card, the cards, and those little letters. Any ideas?

  • montessori_lori said at February 2nd, 2008 at 4:05 pm :

    Bridget, for those sets I actually put them in file folders. I find pink, blue, and green file folders at the teacher store and put the letters in a small envelope. I glue or staple the pages with the pictures/words on the inside of the folder (after laminating them first).

    Language stuff can take up a lot of room – I like to rotate items, and use trays and baskets over and over again.

  • Kylie said at November 17th, 2009 at 2:41 pm :

    Lori, I have a question. As you know I am using your Pink/Blue and eventually Green series work. Not all of this work is small enough to fit into pockets so I have to rotate the work as Ijust don’t have the space to keep it all out at once.

    Do you have any ideas on storage for the shelves when using your phonics series work?

  • Lori said at November 17th, 2009 at 2:49 pm :

    Hi, Kylie! I rotate stuff too. I store it in plastic baggies in shoeboxes by color (all the Pink Series together, etc.) On the shelf I use small baskets and trays to put out whatever we’re using right then. No special tricks or anything 🙂

  • Kylie said at November 17th, 2009 at 10:06 pm :

    ok that’s pretty much what I am doing, except I store in 3 ring binders. Thanks again. 🙂

  • Maria said at August 4th, 2010 at 2:37 am :

    Sorry, another doh question… can you please let me know what colours you use for what areas? Need to get organised (mutter, mutter); need to get organised!

  • Lori Bourne said at August 4th, 2010 at 7:37 am :

    I think this post will help you; there’s a link to the specific post about colors of Montessori, as well as many other organizational posts: Designing a Montessori Classroom. The specific post listing the colors is called “The Underlying Organization of a Montessori Classroom”.

  • Maria said at July 9th, 2011 at 1:39 pm :

    Hi Lori. I’d like to know if the library pockets above are still in good condition? I am starting a classroom this fall and would like to save time making materials and organizing the materials. It takes so much time making/laminating the folders for each set of materials and I do not know if I have time to make the materials AND the folders plus getting my classroom ready.

  • Lori Bourne said at July 9th, 2011 at 1:57 pm :

    Hi, Maria! My library pockets look great, but they are only in use by my own two children 🙂 I recommend laminating them (with thin laminate – thick doesn’t work well for the pockets) and then using an X-acto knife to cut the pocket open. They’ll last for a long time like that.