Thursday, July 14, 2016

Classroom Library Organization: Classroom LIbrary Labels & Pete the Cat!

Hello everyone! I am super excited to share my library organization with all of you.
This will be my eighth year teaching, all of which have been in K. I feel very lucky to be able to teach at the same school as my mom. She teachers second grade. Although I barely get to see her at school (we teach in a very large and still growing elementary school in northern Florida) I am still excited to be able to share our teaching experiences together.
I absolutely love teaching Kindergarten and could not see myself teaching any other grade-level. My heart definitely belongs to K! I love watching my students grow as readers &  writers.

Since I  have a passion for instilling a love of reading in my students, I thought I would share some tips/ideas with all of you on how to organize your classroom library. Having a well-organized library that is not only easily accessible but also kid friendly is essential for young Kinders just learning to read. An organized and inviting classroom library leads to a love of reading books!

I spend quite a bit of time at the beginning of the school year going over the rules for our classroom library; how to pick "just right" books, proper book care, returning books to their correct basket, etc. It is very important to have a system put in place that will ensure the classroom library stays organized. Here are some excellent books for teaching book care.

I believe it is a personal preference on sorting books. I will share with you how I sort mine. I have leveled baskets A-K all in one section of my library. I also have various baskets throughout that are sorted by either author or theme. Within each author or themed basket, I try to have the reading level listed on each book.

I have chosen to NOT separate my books by fiction & non-fiction. Since I do have a large library this would be somewhat difficult for me. I also like for my students to know that texts on the same topic, such as Fire Safety can be fiction as well as informational. I do however, label all of my non-fiction texts with a label that my students can easily see when choosing books. You can snag these non-fiction sticker labels

I do not contain books to just the classroom library. I have various sections around the classroom where books are readily available to students. I place Kindergarten readers (levels A-E) in baskets above their individual book boxes, books at their table seats and books in an additional reading space located in the middle of our classroom. I also store monthly themed books and books on CD in storage bins.

I am fortunate to have a large built-in bookcase in my classroom. I also purchased stand-alone bookcases to house additional books. These bookcases were purchased from Staples- There is usually a half off sale on bookcases during the summer. Many of my co-workers have similar bookcases that were purchased inexpensively at Target.

But..who says you need a built in bookcase and a large classroom to have an amazing organized library? Here are some pictures of my mom's 2nd grade library. Her classroom is in a portable (which she loves) and she has a pretty snazzy library for such a small space. She purchased her bookcases inexpensively from a church.

Ahhhhhh....So many choices. I often get asked the question "Where did you get your book baskets from"? I actually purchased them from the Dollar Tree six years ago when I first started teaching. Every now and again I will see them pop back up in the store. These bins have lasted me for years and are the perfect size for all of my books. I did purchase my students individual book boxes from Really Good Stuff. All of my mom's book bins were purchased from Target in their dollar deal section during the summer months.

Every book basket with the exception of the table seat baskets contain a colorful kid-friendly label on it. These book basket labels help make book shopping faster and easier! Each individual book contains a smaller label that matches its basket label (printed on small mailing labels). I believe that this is a key component to any organized classroom library. This is essential, especially in Kindergarten. These small sticker labels have been a time saver for sure! My students know just the right basket to return their books to. If you are interested in learning more about these classroom library basket labels and stickers a link will be provided at the end of this post.

To stay organized, it is important to have labels that will stick! I often get the question "How do you attach your labels"? I simply use the tape that can be purchased at the teacher store. I have had these library labels on for the past few years and they are still "sticking" strong! Other ideas to attach labels are using double sided tape, using hot glue, metal rings, and Velcro.


Ready to start organizing your library? I made a variety of labels in different colors and themes that can help you do just that! I have included 220 labels. These labels are a great way to spice up your classroom library. It is also a great way to keep your library neat and organized. Matching Book bin stickers are also available. There are many other options available on my TPT store. Click here to see all available options for Set 1. Click here to see all available options for Set 2.  Check out Set One and Set Two below:

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Change of Clothing Parent Letter {FREEBIE}

I am halfway through my summer vacation. It's that time again to start preparing for back to school. My living room is officially packed with books, paper, binders, bins and tons of other back to school things.

The first week of school I send home this change of clothing letter attached with a zipper bag. I purchase the zipper bags for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Also included are mini sheets to send home with a student when an accident occurs. I print these on bright colored paper and check off the items the student needs to bring back to school the following day.

Feel free to download this back to school FREEBIE here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving headband FREEBIE!

If your kids love headbands as much as mine they will enjoy these headband freebies. There are four Thanksgiving headbands to choose from. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!  Click HERE

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Math Journal Prompts - Makeover Madness: Week 1

I am excited to have joined the #TPTsellerchallenge! The challenge for week 1 is to revamp a product from your TPT store. I have chosen to revamp the cover of one of my best selling products- 180 Math Journal Prompts for Kindergarten. I also updated the cover for 180 Math Journal Prompts for First Grade. Check out the makeover below!

I started selling on TPT about three years ago and this was one of my first products. These two products are great for K-1 students. They are aligned to the Common Core Standards and the prompts included cover each of the CC math standards. Math journals are a great way for students to record their math work and thinking. I am pleased with my math journal cover makeover! Interested in either of these products..check them out here:
 Kindergarten Math Prompts    First Grade Math Prompts

A special thank you to these bloggers for putting together this challenge! Stay tuned for Week 2: Dare to Dream....

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Classroom Library Labels Giveaway- DON'T MISS OUT!!!

Be sure to head on over to the  iTeach Kinder blog to enter to win your choice of library labels, matching book stickers AND your choice of any non-bundled item from my TPT store!!! You won't want to miss out. The giveaway ends on Friday, 6/19 at midnight.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Sale- Don't Miss Out!

It's not to late- Stock up on last minute deals with TPT's Teacher Appreciation Sale through today!
Check out these cool end of the school year items...
Or..Stock up now for the next school year!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Stop, Swap & Roll- Read & Do Playdough Mats

Melissa from Jungle Learners has been working hard organizing an awesome product swap- Stop, Swap & Roll. Be sure to check out the swap for some great ideas and products!
 I was lucky enough to be paired up with Pam from Mrs. P's Specialties. She has some really great products!
My kinders LOVE anything playdoh and were really excited for me to add her cute Read & Do Playdough Mats- Spring edition to our literacy stations. Click on the picture below to check it out for yourself!.

This unit is perfect for Spring! The unit contains 18 playdoh mats in the spring theme. Many of the mats offer two versions for differentiating. I found this very helpful when I first tried it out with two of my students. They love reading the instructions and following the directions to complete the mat.

This mat was a favorite of all of my girls. They thought it was so cool to add clouds and a heart to the rainbow!

One of my students that just started to read was so proud of himself that he was able to read this mat on his own and complete it. He had so much fun adding two flowers and a hat to this mat.

I overheard this student tell her friend that they should pick this literacy station everyday! This unit contains a lot of creative contents that your students are sure to love!

The mats below are a great example of the differentiation you will find in this unit. I found that this unit worked great with both my high, mid and low readers. This unit combines reading, fine motor and sensory all in one! Mrs. P is offering not only this unit but also her other three fabulous Read & Do Playdough Mats- Fall, Winter & Summer on sale for the next three days. She also has a bundle unit on sale as well check it out here! Don't wait the sale is going on now through Monday, 4/27!

You can enter to win this awesome adorable unit that your students will love! Pam is allowing me to give one lucky winner her Read & Do Playdough Mats- All you have to do is enter below. Good luck!
 Make sure you visit Mrs. P's Specialties to see her review of my Nursery Rhymes Unit.where you can also enter for a chance to win it!. I am also offering this unit at a discounted price now through April 29th.
Check out the other bloggers who participated in the K/1 swap!