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.
We have been using this system for four years now, and it’s been working like a charm since day one!
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 personally print them on plain printer paper, cut with a paper cutter, and attach them to the books using clear packing tape.
Check them out here:
The Big Daddy Home and Classroom Library Organization System