Homework Solved!

I cannot even begin to express how head of heals, tap dancing around the moon excited I am. I most likely have not come up with this but I did feel oober smart when it hit me.

Let me begin by telling my back story a little. After the first three weeks of school kindergarten begins sending home homework every week. We send it home on Monday and have students return their homework on Friday.

Previously, students would get a blue plastic folder that would have a reading log, three books, and a homework sheet that our team got from some website {closed down now} that provided it based off of Harcourt. *** This was before we moved to Common Core

Then, a fantastic team mate of mine found these amazing clear pockets that we started using. we liked this because we never had to worry about a student dropping everything out. you know that dramatic time when three students go to their mailboxes and pull out their items and as they each take out their folders that hold it upside down and ALL the contents go spilling out on the floor as I desperately try and make a leap *in slow motion* to prevent the horrible disaster from happening. Yeah well. NO MORE FOLKS! However, I wasn't happy still. I would constantly be scrambling for books at the last moment and I would have a huge pile of books that were from last weeks homework that needed to be sorted and accounted for.

It was awful!

I didn't like that I was having to maintain so many different things. I mean... less is more... right!? So last year I decided to make a new system that created only one means of communication with my parents. So back to sweet old Pinterest and I was in absolute awe of all the creative ideas everyone had. I stumbled across this post and knew this was what I needed.

So I made something very similar but using the acronym H.E.R.O. Since my classroom is a superhero theme this just fit so perfect!

I did LOVE this system! I loved that I was able to check my sweeties homework log everyday and their behavior charts all-in-one.

The only thing was... THE BOOKS!

With so many other things happening around me books were the last thing on my mind every week. I was borrowing books from our Reading Lab to hand out as homework, but keeping track of who had which books was crazy! There was absolutely no way that I could remember what books I handed out and to whom. Come Friday morning my little bitties started giving me my books back and there they sat. On my table. In a big pile. Ugh.

So this summer I was bound and determined to find a new system that work for me! Long gone were the days of me running around like a chicken with no head trying to find books at the last minute.

I was sitting on the floor one evening scouring Pinterest for a better way to organize my books I found this cute little picture from the blog What The Teacher Wants.

THEN! It hit me! No really.... like lightning y'all!! The idea of creating a system with these folders was what I needed to come up with. *** Side Note*** I went back afterwards and looked up her post in case you would like to see how she does her system. Precious. Really. 

Okay. So here was my thinking at the time. I needed to have a system of books that were already set up and ready to go. 

So let's say I have 20 kiddos in my class. I would essential need 20 folders to begin with so that every kiddo could take home a beginning folder {until running records are completed}. Then I would simply rotate the folders every week. 

Once students increase in their reading level they are able to go onto the next set of reading folders. 

Here is a breakdown of the total number of books I needed to come up with.

Just remember that the beauty of this system is that you can always add more folders throughout the year! 

So I armed myself with my materials and books from Amazon and I got busy! I was so stinking excited to see these folders come together!! But I was missing a really important key element to this new system. I needed a way to keep track of which students had what folder. 

Thus the checklist was created!

So here is what I was thinking when I made these up. I wanted something that I didn't have to make copies of over and over. I made one sheet for each level. So print and done!

Each sheet has a spot for putting your students name and on top you will see the level and folder number.  

So depending on the day that you give out your homework will determine what you write under the folder name and beside the student's name. That way you will know who has that folder that week.

I am thinking of creating a master spreadsheet with the folder numbers and book list on my computer just in case the folder does not happen to make it back. I can easily refer to the master list and contact that parent.

Once students master that level I can easily cross them off that list and move them to the next level.

My room is in the process of being waxed and painted, and I am crossing my fingers and toes that I will be able to get in next week so that I can get my file cabinet setup and organized with my new homework system. I plan to have the checklist on a clipboard and right in front of all the folders that way I don't misplace anything.

Here is a view of all the folder that are done and laminated.

Y'all I truly feel like this is going to be a fantastic year! I am so stinking excited. So to share my excitement and hopefully get you geared up I am giving you the homework folder cover and back cover and the checklist. Just click on the picture below!

Check me out on YouTube for the video introduction of my homework organization. 

I would LOVE to know what you think! Leave me a comment below and tell me how you organize your homework in your classroom! Bye y'all!!


  1. I love your homework. Where can I get a copy of your back page?

  2. I will be in my first year of teaching with Kindergarten and I absolutely love your homework folder and reading folders. I would love to get a copy of your homework to do list for my reading folders as well. Will it be available on your TPT store? Great job on your videos; very helpful and inspirational!

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your work. Can I get a copy of the reading strategies and the math sheet in your homework folder?

  4. I have enjoyed your videos so much and have implemented many of your systems in a short time! I'm a fifth grade teacher and they work so well! Thank you and PLEASE don't ever stop blogging and vlogging!!

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