Copernicus Premium Teach n Go Cart
We have been using the Teach 'N' Go Cart in my kindergarten classroom for the last few months. I couldn’t believe that such a large cart could come in the two boxes that were delivered. I was able to assemble the cart in about an hour. I’m not the best handy-lady, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
There were a few times I had pieces backwards and had to take them back apart, but otherwise, it wasn’t too bad. Once we started using the cart I realized that it makes keeping my supplies organized so much easier! The drawers hold all the supplies we could need for our morning meeting, even the white board markers.
We use our whiteboard daily for our morning message writing and the magnetic feature of the white board makes sharing large format magazines so easy to clip on and share. The large marker tray has made a great space to keep a few markers on hand and is a great ledge for holding big books as we read together. I only wish the board and tray could be moved lower for my smaller students to reach the board more easily – I have some very short students this year.
I also noticed that the board isn’t as firm as I would like but I think it is a matter of asking for some assistance tightening a few bolts. The cart has four drawers which are great for storing small manipulatives as we work on different units. They slide easily for access and lock in place to prevent spills when the cart is moved. And the work surface is a great size to hold materials I need for my lessons. I especially like the cups to hold pens and markers, or my water bottle. We even added a few clips to the back and hung a pad of chart paper on the back of the cart so I can sit with my students and work on student created charts for our Reading Workshop.
Lastly, I really love the portability of the cart. Not only can I move the cart where I need it in the classroom, but it rolls so smoothly on its large caster wheels making transitions from hard floor to carpet very easy. It is also easy to use the wheel locks with just the tap of a toe.
All in all, I really feel that this has been a wonderful addition to our classroom experience.
Amy Marsh, Mechanicsburg Exempted School Village, Ohio
Mobile Paint Drying Rack
I received the Mobile Paint Drying Rack from Copernicus. It is a great investment and is fantastic especially for teachers who have mobile classrooms, who share supplies, or who just rearrange your classrooms.
About the Mobile Drying Rack
It is 3 feet by 2 feet and has 15 shelves, but can be used to hold up to 30 pieces of paper (depending on the size of the paper). The wheels have a locking mechanism so you don’t have to worry about students rolling it from one side of the classroom to the other or even running it into each other. We have used it for a paint drying rack and also for art projects that need time to dry. My students love it and are proud to be the only class with the drying rack.
Ideas for Using the Mobile Drying Rack
When we initially received the box, my class brainstormed what they thought was in the box.They loved the idea that they were getting a present. When they opened the box, they were excited with the color, since red was a favorite color of most of my students. When they discovered what the rack was, we brainstormed rules to make sure that it was taken care of, since they didn’t want it to break. One of the rules that we added was do not lean on the rack. We did notice that when we leaned on it, the rack would bend a little and my students reminded each other not to lean on it. My latest class has been doing the same thing.
If you are using the drying rack for things other than just paint, put a piece of cardboard or something sturdy on the shelves that you are using to make sure that papers don’t fall out or get bunched together. Kindergarten students are good at using too much glue when pasting things together. It is a fantastic space for drying work to avoid it sticking together.
My coworkers love the mobile drying rack from Copernicus and want it for their own classrooms. I have had to make sure it was labeled at the end of the school year to make sure it got back to the correct classroom. The only problem that I have with the Mobile Drying Rack is figuring out where I want it to sit in the classroom and reminding students to take home their work. It has helped keep our cubbies and books from getting paint all over them.
Sherri Hanisco, Hitchcock Independent School District, Texas