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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Help! I’m embarrassed to show you my lack of classroom library organization…

Seriously, my classroom library is LITERALLY going to make me pull my hair out! in need of a makeover!  My kids & I have worked really hard all year to keep it organized in subjects & genres.  Our book piles keep growing which is driving me crazy fantastic!  However, our boxes and strength to keep organizing is not growing!  As you can see below, we have books coming out of our ears.  (I spend a lot of time at Goodwill and yard sales buying books!)  I love being able to put my hands on books when I need them.  That’s what I love about sorting books by subjects or genres.  HELP!  What do we do?  How do you organize your library?  Genres?  Reading levels?  Free for all?  I want something easy for my kiddos to manage.  They LOVE being in charge of the library!  My goal for the next two weeks is to fix this situation…I’ll keep you posted.

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  2. Hi Marcie! Thanks for following me. Your blog is super cute!!! Love the hearts :) To answer your question, it took me a few years to figure out what to do with my classroom library, but I think I finally figured it out this year. I have a few systems going which work well for the kids, our reading curriculums, and myself. The majority of books (fiction/non-fiction) are leveled and placed in boxes that are labeled. I have big blue bins that I use to put books in from our read aloud units (folk tales +fairy tales, animals +plants, dinosaurs, heroes, family...) and label the books in those bin with the title of the unit. I also have 4 crates of books that are not leveled (I level a few at a time, but not a priority). Additionally, I have all my reference books together and a section with chapter books. I took a while and tons of help from parents and my wonderful husband to help me organize the library because my books were not leveled. Hope this helps! (I'm your newest follower :)

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