I finally got rid of this recorder mess! It seems that my counter and desk have been over run with recorders and other materials for the last 3 weeks and I am happy to be rid of it.
I finally handed out the last recorder order! I do this a bit differently than many of the teachers I know but it seems to work well with my kids. After collecting all of the orders at the beginning of the year (you can see my order form here) I place an order with West Music and my school cuts a check using the money that is in my account.
Once the order arrives, I sort them and attach each students order form to the recorder and write their name on the plastic sleeve. I don't waste my time trying to put their name or initials on the actual instrument because it tends to rub off. After everything is sorted I hand them out when their class comes to music. This gives me a chance to go over caring for the instrument and rules about when to play their recorders (i.e. not on the bus!).
It has taken me awhile to get this process down to a science and it works for me. What are some of your recorder ordering tricks? Is there something you do that makes it easier to distribute to your students?