Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Classroom Library

Today, I thought I'd share some photos of my classroom library. It is in kind of sad shape because I was hired at my current position right before the start of the school year and never got a chance to organize everything ideally. Sooo, I would love to hear about any organizational tips/systems you use in your primary classroom.This my shelf for weekly thematic books plus big books that I allow the students to use during center time. The golden spoon on the top shelf is our trophy for good lunchroom behavior:) Didn't know where else to put it...

More thematic books as well as ABC and number books that stay throughout the year.
This is where I store different genres/categories/series of books that I have a lot of...magazines, nonfiction, board books, Dr. Seuss, Arthur, Bearenstein Bears, Clifford, ABC letter of the week books. Underneath, I have storytelling props stored in the crates.
THIS is the biggest problem/hodgepodge mess of all...my leveled reading shelf. The bins and most of the books were in the room when I got the job (awesome). However, the books are from 3+ different retired teachers, who all seemed to have their own system of leveling books. I did the best I could to sort through, but as you can see, it's still a mess. One major problem is that there are too many books in each bin and it's difficult for students to easily flip through and find a "good-fit" book.

Suggestions/ideas, please! How do you level? What bins do you use? How do you label?

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  1. Hope your kiddos enjoy the lil groundhog book! I love LOVE your blog!
    Christie :)
    First Grade Fever

  2. I agree...I think if you add more bins, it will make the organizing easier...but it looks great now =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  3. Just bought brand new bins from Really Good Stuff this year and love them!! NO TIPPING OVER OR RIPPING!!
    Now I am your newest follower!! Your blog looks awesome!!

  4. I have a post on my blog about library organization...


    It describes leveled libraries and topical libraries. I hope it helps!



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  6. Thanks everyone for your comments! :)

  7. Love your classroom library! Super cute!!! Also I love your blog design :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, i am now following you! :) Kylie

  8. Kel-
    I just have to tell you I adore your blog!
    I am a student teacher and I am finding myself at your blog ALOT!
    Thank you for the great ideas!!!!!
    Love it all...Im a follower:)

    Miss S

    Just Teaching...Kindergarten