Dreadful, isn't it? Yes, I took all my books home from my classroom this year. Those tubs and baskets are all filled with my collection of classroom books. Yes, I know, I have too many.
Lucky, Christina from Bunting, Books and Bainbridge is having a Summer Piles linky party!
I'm hoping I can count all these books as a summer pile. It's more like mountains taking up a good portion of my living room!
I'm also linking up with Lorraine from Fabulous Fourth Grade Froggies with her "To do before the first day of school" linky party.
Well, here's my plan: I'm going to get rid of some, and sort the rest so that not all the books are on the shelves at the same time. With too many books, the kids are overwhelmed, which makes it harder for them to choose Just Right books.
I'm planning to put sets of books out for each month, so that all the books will be cycled in by the end of the year. Of course, some books will have to stay longer, since not all kids are at the same reading level at the same time of the year.
I've always had some books organized by level, for the kids that really struggle with finding the right level. Then I have other books organized by genre, subject matter, and/ or author. Since books in series are very popular at this level, I have several categories there, too.
Yes, that pile has sat in my living room for over a week, but I haven't completely ignored them. I have to walk around them on my way to the kitchen. I have to shoo the cat when she climbs up on them. Plus, I've been planning my organization.
My room will continue the SPORTS theme that I had last year. I've been working on labels for my book tubs with sports pictures. Here's what I have so far!
I suspect these will make an appearance on Teachers Pay Teachers when I'm done. So far I've got 24 labels. I'm sure I'll be needing more, but this is what I've got so far.
I'm hoping the sports pictures will help the children remember where to put the books back when they're done with them! That's not easy for them, but I'm hoping with fewer books, there will be less confusion on the proper home for each book!
I'd love to hear your ideas for categories as well as sports for the decorations!
Don't forget to check out the linky parties at Bunting, Books and Bainbridge
and Fabulous Fourth Grade Froggies!