|This picture was taken before I made labels for all of the bins. The missing ABC books are out on the bookshelf ready for the first day of school.|
At the start of a new unit, I put the books out on our classroom book shelf and organized the materials in the bin for my use during the unit. Some units required a large bin (for example Winter/Snow) while others fit in a small bin. I have 3 units that have so many books I had to keep the books in bins too (dinosaurs, fairy tales and art). In past years I had kept the books in the boxes with the rest of the unit materials and others in bins according to genre. This did not work nearly as well. I love being able to easily see and find books and the magazine holders made that easy. When I reorganized last year, I donated a lot of books that I had collected for my former kindergarten class that didn't fit within any unit or qualify as a favorite. I figured that other teachers would actually use them and my Pre-K'ers really do better with a more limited number of books that rotate frequently. The boxes on the top of the cabinet hold materials in general categories that don't fit within a unit such as ABC's or math materials. I do have magazine holders for ABC books, number books, and a few other categories that don't fit within a unit. The largest of these other categories is my pretty substantial collection of Mrs. Goff's Favorite Books (books that don't necessarily fit within a unit but that I love and will certainly be using during the year).
This system is not without flaws. Of course, I started the year with the cabinets very organized but also very full. Because I'm a teacher :) I added new units throughout the year. For example, we loved Pete the Cat so I needed to add a new bin and magazine holder for my great Pete the Cat materials. It worked okay last year because I could store some of the extra materials in our school storage room that has now been converted into a classroom. I think I will have to bring home more of my extra "stuff" this year.
I haven't been able to get into my classroom because it was used for a summer program through July and I am now about to go on vacation with my family. However, I know that my materials are well organized and ready for me once I get there.
I am joining Miss Kindergarten's Organization Linky Party.