I'm a sucker for a good deal...who isn't? A year ago, I found alphabet sets at a ridiculously cheap price (I don't remember what it was now but trust me, it was good). I got carried away and long story short, I ended up with 20 alphabet sets in a big zip-lock bag. No kid is going to dig through 520 letters to make words so this was obviously a terrible storage solution. I finally decided to sort all the letters and figure out a new storage solution.
That was not an easy task so these sat on my windowsill until I thought of something. I went to Michaels to see what kind of container I could use and here is what I came up with:
Photo boxes! Sorry for the sideways pictures...
I put one complete alphabet in each box. Every student can grab their own box and work independently. There is probably room to keep 2 sets of letters in each box but I think that may be too many letters to sort through for many kids. I plan on making a set of task cards for each box as well. I'm keeping a few alphabet sets for those times when kids need 2 of one letter. I can't wait to reveal these to my kids next week!
If you have a different way you store your magnetic letters, please share in your comments!