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Friday, November 14, 2008

organizing books...

I found this great idea on another teacher's blog here. This preschool teacher found a way to display books in a way that made it easy for her to see what was missing, but also empowered the children to put books away independently.

It was rather perfect timing to have found that this week, because I was just thinking about a way to reorganize the book display shelf in our class library. We were trying to put too many books on the shelf, I think, and the 'puzzle' aspect of it was not letting the kids be successful.

So, one morning I pulled all the books off and rearranged them -- grouping books if possible -- and then typed up the titles and taped them to display.

Here is how it looks:

It was exactly what my students needed. First of all, they know that the book will go back into the space from which they got it, so putting it away won't be hard. Also, they get to match letters and words, which six year olds just love. I also see them showing this sense of satisfaction when the books are put away and it looks neat and attractive -- they seem more proud of our library area these days.

I really love learning new and clever ideas from other teachers. We have such a wealth of knowledge to share with one another, don't we?


Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm so glad this worked for you. Your pictures look so much better than mine -- when I posted them it either turned out too big or too small and I couldn't figure out how to get them just right.

Anyway, I'm really glad that someone else liked my idea. Makes my day!

Jenn said...


I love that it's functional, attractive and a learning tool. Well done, you little teachers. :)

kirsten said...

Kiri, I'm so glad to have stumbled upon your blog! I so appreciate good luck like that.

As for the pictures, blogger has a really easy way of uploading them, so I can choose a small, medium, or large display image.

Jenn. ♥ Now you just need to come sit in the library and read with your little one...