Organizing Books: This task can be daunting because, as time goes on, we preschool teachers add endlessly to our collection of preschool books!
Like you, I have tried a few ways to organize my preschool books. You will need to choose the way that works best for your classroom. Below are three ways in which I have handled our classroom books:
Theme Filing; Alphabetical; and Computerized
Organizing books by theme can be very handy if you tend to plan similar themes each year.
Gather some manila folders, one for each theme that you use.
Label one folder for each theme name.
Place these folders, alphabetically, on the shelves you will be storing your books on.
Sort your books by these themes. Then, alphabetize the books by title within each theme.
Place the books for each theme to the right of its corresponding folder.
You will find that some of the books you have may go well with several themes. You could purchase multiple books, however this is costly! Instead, file the book with the theme that is primary for this book.
Then go to the other theme labeled folders that the book would also go with and print the name of the book on that folder and where you have it filed. Now you will know where to find other books you may need for multiple themes.
Here is an example. Let's consider this book by Leo Lionni.
Hey there! Welcome to Preschool Plan It! I’m Cheryl, a preschool teacher of over 20 years.
I KNOW, I know, you spend hours of time developing your preschool themes, activities and preschool lesson plans each week. You are commited to planning preschool themes and activities that are engaging hands-on, interactive, fun AND meet the goal of supporting each child’s level of growth and development.
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You’ll receive a weekly email with planning tips and teaching ideas. You'll also receive (on the 1st of each month) a free theme starter pack with some printables and activity ideas to get you started planning a theme!