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Friday, April 29, 2011

{a place for everything} featuring oopsey daisy

A huge welcome to Alison, from Oopsey Daisy!!


Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. Naturally, I collected A LOT of books... Can you believe that I've had over 1,000 books just sitting in plastic tubs in our garage?! They have been in desperate need of a little organization!

I finally collected ALL of my books, cataloged them, and color coded them so that even my 2-year-old Little Man can put them away.

The first step was cataloging! I decided to organize the books by author's last name. But I also tagged the books by topics, series, holidays, etc. so I could easily find books that I want to pull for a special occasion. Now I can easily check to see if I have a book before purchasing a duplicate copy!

Doesn't this rainbow of dot stickers make you happy?! Well, I ordered all different shades of dots to help me color code the books.

Next, I created a book key for each letter of the alphabet. I labeled board books, golden books, and chapter books separately so they had their own dot color. I added dots and stars to dots to vary them a bit.

As I cataloged each book in my list, I matched the author's last name to the book key to the appropriate colored dot.

I stuck the colored dot to the spine of each book, and used book tape to secure it.

Isn't this a happy sight?!

Using poster board, I created sections for each letter of the alphabet with matching dot stickers.

We were lucky enough to find a set of book shelves that fits into Little Man's closet. We have been teaching him how to match the colored dot on the books so he knows where to put his books away. So far he follows the rules like a champ!

For now, he has full access to these shelves in his bedroom. I plan on rotating the books on these shelves so he is constantly entertained by new books.

This Little Man has always loved to read books. Now, we finally have a book organization system that works for us!

Thanks so much, Kierste, for letting me share today!


Okay, I am LOVING this catalog system! We have so many kids books, and this is such a great way of not only knowing what you have and getting them organized, but allowing little ones to know how to get them back where they go. Genius!

Thank you so much, Alison! For even more great ideas, head on over to Oopsey Daisy!



Blogger Deanna said...

You're Brilliant! I LOVE this idea. I LOVE how you put it together, for your very own fantastic library! Thanks for sharing!

April 29, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Tasha from Creation Corner said...

Alison, you are amazing. That is a lot of books. I LOVE IT!! I think the more books the better :) Love how you organzied them all.

April 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I love the catalog!! I Have to do that with our books!!

April 29, 2011 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Rachel W K said...

Oh my goodness!! And you even typed up a full catalog?! That must have taken forever, but the results look totally worth it! Great idea


April 29, 2011 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Too Much Time said...

OOHHH, you got me. I too used to be a first grade teacher and have a ridiculous amount of messy books. Your system and organization got my heart beating fast! Ha Ha The colors are great for the little ones who don't know their letters yet! AWESOME!!!!

April 29, 2011 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger The Miller Five said...

Awesome job Alison! LOVE that.

April 29, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger shirley said...

Oh, I could hug you! My boys love books and I love that, but I cannot stand books laying on the floor, jumbled on the shelves, etc. What an awesome idea of teaching little ones how to keep order to their books. Thank you, thank you!!

April 29, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

When I taught first grade this is EXACTLY how I organized my books. I dont know why I never thought to do it in my own home! Thanks for the inspiration Alison!

April 29, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Mouth of the South said...

LOVE IT!! Only a teacher could come up with this...thanks for sharing!

April 29, 2011 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I love can I just get you to come into my first grade classroom and do the same?! =)

April 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Sara @ Mom Endeavors said...

L.O.V.E love this! Fantastic job, Alison!! I've been waiting to see this!! :) Just stumbled it!

April 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Jackie Koll said...

I wanted to organize the kids books but couldn't come up with a good idea - I really ove this plan! I'm going to note this and start working on it one step at a time

April 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Linsey said...

I just stumbled across this post from must say this is genius!!! I am so doing this!!! Now off to see what else I can find on your blog =)

June 1, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

In my kindergarten classroom I have a color dot system for genres, pink is poetry, green is nonfiction, red is fantasy. The books all face out in tubs so kids can see the cover when picking a book.

June 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Mollie said...

Where did you order your stickers from??

August 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM  

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