Sunday, July 12, 2015

Classroom Library Organization

Several years ago, I decided to group my current classroom titles by theme.  I made cute labels and sorted my little heart out...only to have complete disorder by Christmas break. :(  What did I think would happen when I let the "little gremlins" loose with my books and baskets?!?  They had no routine, directions or reminders for how to keep the library in working order!!!  Totally my fault :(  So...I closed our library for a makeover.  This time, I decided to use a leveling system to organize our books.  Surely that will be the answer!!!  Right??? was not.  Ugh!  Once again, I had not spent near enough time going over the importance of putting books back in the correct basket, shelf, etc.

Three years later and I am ready to get it right this time!  I plan to use BOTH systems this year and actually have TWO library sections in my room.  One will be theme related and the other will be Guided Reading leveled.   I have so many titles that I haven't been able to find in any leveling system database and I surely am not about to count the words to find the readability level of over 500 books!!!  We are ability grouping for our literacy block this year and I will be working with one of the lower groups of students.   Having a leveled library and an interest library, I hope to be able to assign each library to students as they are ready for them.  I'm thinking that most of the time my literacy block will use the leveled library and this will leave the theme related books for my homeroom to use.  I will create procedures AND teach the heck out of them!!  Sounds good in theory, so we shall see!

What works for your classroom library?!?!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Teacher Bag for Back to School!

Thanks to my Thirty-One Gifts Consultant/Teacher Friend, I will soon have a new teacher bag!
Take a look...
Complete with Mrs. Crabtree monogram and all!  I am so pumped!!!

I also entered, like 30 times, The Organized Classroom's Erin Condren Planner $50 gift card giveaway!  Every new teacher bag needs a brand-new, custom made planner, right?!
I'll keep you posted!
Are there any other exciting back to school giveaways out there?


Sunday, August 4, 2013

First Full Week of School!

Tomorrow will be the first Monday of the 2013/2014 school year (and my Jack's first full day of kindergarten!)  I have an awesome group of 20 second graders, 13 girls and 7 boys! Tomorrow we will continue to review our Whole Brain Teaching rules, Class! Yes!, Teach! Okay! and use the Scoreboard to make things a little more interesting!  My kiddos are really diggin' this whole brain thing...:) 
We also will begin to learn what it takes to be a superhero by reading the book, How to be a Superhero by Rachel Yu.  We will probably do a shared writing after reading and discussing.

I also snagged, How to be a Super Villain by Rachel Yu. ;)

Since I plan to make math a major focus this year (can you say alliteration? HEHE), I decided to purchase Amy Lemons, "Let's Get Started!," Beginning of the Year Math Activities Unit from TPT! It has several fun ways to get kids excited about becoming a mathematician! I just love the craftivity!  Check it out...

What do mathematicians do?

What are your big plans for your first week back?