I spent all week organizing our “school library”. We have a ton of books, but in the past, I haven’t been able to use them as well as I like because they end up all mixed up. As soon as I had them all on the shelves in a way that made sense to me, the kids would tote them off where they would end up tangled in their sheets or under their beds, or behind the couch cushions.
I came up with this system as a way for me to keep the books organized, and put the responsibility of maintaining that organization back on the kids. I divided the books by topic, and then labeled each of them so they have color coded spines. Now, all the books are together by topic,so if I want to do a unit study on Dinosaurs, I can easily find all the Dino book….. or weather, or rocks, or African folktales- it’s all there.
The kids are able to put the books away in order too, because all they need to do is match the spine color. I added color coordinating labels to the shelf with picture images to help the kids (even the non-readers) find what they are looking for quickly.
I have high hopes this will work for us!
To make and attach your labels: I printed them on regular copy paper, cut them out with a paper cutter, and attached them with clear packaging tape at the bottom of the spine. Easy peasy!
(the template I used is 2.625 x 1 and claims to fit this size address labels. I don’t have access to those labels to give it a try on my printer, so proceed with caution! But, publisher claims it should work!)
These files were free for a limited time, but, my host doesn’t like it when I offer 133 page documents on this server. You can head over to Teachers Pay Teachers to check out this system. There are two files to choose from, a FREE, picture guided elementary pack which should be “good enough” for the younger crowd, or the BIG DADDY set, which has TONS of labels for every topic I could think of. The big set will cover all your books- kid and adult. It includes both plain spine labels, picture guided labels, shelf and book bin labels. It will save you printing costs because each label is printed 30 to a sheet- so you can pick and choose what you need. If you’re committed to getting organized, the large pack is the one for you!
Check them out here:
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