- In my desk drawer.
- In my conference supply box.
- In my Sunday School classroom supply cabinet.
- In my garage (perfect for those small odds and ends that accumulate around a workbench).
- In my luggage (I never know when I might unexpectedly find a small rock or sea shell that needs transporting back home).
- And obviously in the kitchen.
My life would be totally disorganized without them.
By now you are probably not surprised to learn I have just about every size created – from snack size to the jumbo bags used for VBS Leader Packs. In fact, the leader pack bags have become my favorite for organizing my Sunday School and VBS resources.
I keep 13 bags specifically for organizing a quarter of Sunday School resources. As soon as I receive my new literature I divide it by weeks and then place each week in a bag and tag it with the use date.
Since the bags are clear it is easy to see what I already have and what is still needed for the week. If copies are needed I make them ahead of time and place them in the appropriate bag. If supplies such as paper plates, construction paper, or ribbon are called for they go in the bag. The rest of the quarter all I have to do each week is study the lesson and pick up the correct bag. I use the same system for organizing a week of VBS.
In addition to using bags for lesson organization here are some additional ways to make sure organizing your VBS is a zip!
- When sorting curriculum take the time to drop leader guides into leader packs. When it is time to distribute curriculum you won’t have to worry about mixing up leader guides and leader packs, or having one without the other.
- Create supply bags of markers, scissors, extra pencils, etc. for each classroom.
- Create a daily distribution bag for each class – similar to mailboxes schools provide for teachers. Information and supplies for workers, as well as information to be sent home with the kids can be put in bags ahead of time and workers trained to pick up their bag each day on the way to their room.
- Presort craft supplies for a specific number of kids. For example, one bag holds everything needed for 10 kids.
- Provide bags for kids to take home their daily work. Names can be written on the front with permanent markers. Once zipped the contents are secured and identifiable.
- Clear bags are especially good for organizing resources for Backyard Kids Clubs and mission trips. They are easy to pack and the content is instantly identifiable.
Join the conversation: what organizational techniques do you use to prepare for VBS?