Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Organization and Giveaways - Updated

Fern Smith of Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas was a guest on Mrs. Stanford's Class today and gave some great ideas about organizing your classroom books.

I am addicted to Scholastic Book Clubs and have way too many books (if you saw all my books, you would think I was in need of an intervention), so I want to get those books organized in my new classroom this fall so my sweet Kinders can use them next year. I need some easy organization ideas. I can easily file away my favorites like Fern suggests, but that leaves me with way more books than I will ever need.

What is the best way to organize the rest for my class to use? I have seen so many posts about this in the past, but loved my organization at the time, so never gave it much thought. Now that I am moving into a much, much, much smaller classroom, I seriously need some ideas.

Did you post some ideas in the past you are willing to share with me? I am willing to buy some cute baskets (I know Lakeshore always has a sale in August. Does Really Good Stuff put theirs on sale? Do the Dollar store baskets hold up to wear and tear?)  I have seen some cute ideas about labeling, but what about space saving ideas?  Please share!

And if you have any other organization ideas for super small spaces, send them my way! I am ready to start fresh and organize! (I guess 10 years in one spot really was too long anyway, right?)

Now to a fun topic - Giveaways!

I love giveaways, don't you? Even if I don't win, the thrill of just trying is so exciting! Then I get all excited for those that do win! I feel like a kid in a candy store sometimes!

Here are a few I found and had to share! If I missed yours, leave me a note and I can always update this post! :) (click on the pictures to head to the giveaway)

Fun in First
Reading Toward the Stars!

Falling into First

The Corner on Character


Primary Graffiti is giving away $25 Gift Certificate to Clever School Teacher Click Here for this giveaway

First Grade Blue Skies
Blogiversary Giveaway

Eberhart's Explorers

Leanne Baur's Creative Classroom

Two Crazy Texas Teachers

500 Follower Giveaway

Hurry! Some of these giveaways expire soon!
and follow me on Facebook - I try to post giveaways on FB as I find them!


Barbara said...

Yay - thanks for the shout out and amazingly comprehensive list. You are an excellent SCOUT for giveaways!

Sending smiles,


meadowt said...

Thanks for the help with the comment code. Checking now to see if it works.

Happy Teaching Sisters

FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer) said...

Great Giveaways! (thanks for the shout out! =)
First Grade Blue SKies

Kelley Dolling said...

Thanks oh-so much for the visit! I am following you right back :)

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

2 Crazy Texas Teachers said...

So much to say....First, love the blog design and name! Super cute! Second, thanks for including our giveaway in your post! Such a surprise!

2 Crazy Texas Teachers

Miss Trayers said...

Library organization is a weakness of mine too! I've tried different sysems but haven't yet found one that works. Thanks for sharing the giveaways!


Kim and Kelly said...

Hi!! We are so glad you found us on Facebook!! Thank you for following us. We are your newest blog followers!! Where did you get those adorable children that are at the top of your page? I love them!! We look forward to blogging with you and sharing ideas! :)

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

Hi Cheryl, just popping by to say hello. Hope you are enjoying your summer. i am slowly starting to let go of work, but my mind never stops thinking of all the things I need/want to do.

Time 4 Kindergarten
Time 4 Organization

Dana Lester said...

Thanks so much for blogging about my giveaway! And I love it when someone takes the time to list all the giveaways they have found, I know that was time consuming and I appreciate it!
:) Dana
Stop by & visit me @ Fun in 1st Grade

Heather's Heart said...

Hi sweet friend! You are always so sweet to be sharing about everyone's giveaways. =)

I have my books in baskets that relate to the science/social studies units we teach. I then have characters, books that I use for writing workshop, fall type books, math concepts, etc. I know that doesn't help but it has worked for me. I have corresponding labels on each book that match the book basket label.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I am sad I won't be able to see you when you head this way but maybe another time.

Blessings and hugs,

Heather's Heart

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