I worked on organizing my read aloud books today. I can already sense how much easier this organizing will make my teaching this coming year. I heard somewhere the following quote:
"Organization makes a good teacher into a great teacher"
That is my motivation for this long process of organizing :)
I went from a small basket of squished books to a filing box big enough for my books and many more:
As you can see, I organized my books into months and then topics. All I used to do so, was a filing box (found at Walmart), dividers, cardstock paper, and clear tape. I covered my labels with tape as my at home lamination :)
I only ended up having 3 topics apart from my months. These are Culture, Math, and Science. (They are not alphabetical in the picture, but I have organized them alphabetically.)
While some books don't really fall into a specific time of year or those certain topics, I put them in the month that I plan on using them in. As I get more books, I am sure I will need to add more specific topics. However for now, this works perfectly for what I need.
I am now working on lesson plans and activities for each book. I will put a copy of each plan in each book, and I will also make a binder of the plans. Stay tuned for lesson plan ideas for read alouds!
Thanks for stopping by! :)