Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop

Hey yall!
It's that time again...time for the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!

In our classroom, we have books. We have lots of books.
We have baskets upon baskets upon baskets of books.
And I love for my kiddos to have access to all those wonderful books.
But there are some books that I like to keep hidden away in a little drawer...
That's right...I hide some of my books from my students.
I hide them because they are special...they are books that I use to teach!
And I want to keep them in nice condition, hence the need to hide them from those eager little fingers.
I have a very simple system that I use to organize all those wonderful books for teaching specific lessons.
I keep them all in this little filing drawer in my teacher cabinet. I organized them by topic and put them in hanging file folders.
Need books on plants? Check the drawer.
Need books about Earth Day? Drawer.
Need books to teach nouns? Yep....they're in there!
Here's some close-ups of the tabs.

Each file holds books that I will want to use when I'm teaching a specific topic or holiday, so I don't have to spend time looking through the shelves.
Notice how they are not fancy or cute....just simple, yet effective.
Here's an example of some of the books that are in my "1st Week of School" file.
I meant to snap a few more pictures of books that are in other files but it was Friday afternoon and....well, you know how that goes!
I told you it was a simple system! I hope that you might find it somewhat useful.
Now, for more useful teaching tips and bright ideas, check out Kindergarten Smorgasbord!
Greg is going to show you how to make something that is a must in every elementary classroom...glue sponges!
Or you can just use the linky below to find another bright idea!
Happy hopping, yall!


  1. Genius! My filings cabinet needs a little book organization love! :)

  2. I always looking for new ways to organize my millions of books! Great idea for organizing the books you use when teaching! It drives me crazy when a book I need to read to students is ripped or there are pages missing :-)

    Seconds at the Beach

  3. That's a great idea! I am always digging in my library for those books that I need to teach a subject. Do you ever leave the books out for students after you have read them aloud? I know my second graders always loved to read the book that I had just used in my mini-lesson.

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple

  4. This is a really useful idea! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great idea! I have changed the way I organize my personal library 9 million times! I think I am going to get a crate and do this! Thanks!

    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT

  6. So awesome and fabulous. Thank you so much.

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