I have been teaching 1st grade for 9 years. I. Love. It. Teaching and learning are two passions that I have. What a better way to learn from others than from blogging! There is no better feeling than knowing I have inspired a child.
I have been organizing my library by theme for the past 5 years. It is my personal belief that to get children excited about reading, they must have a choice in what they are reading. I have lived through the era of having strictly a leveled library in my classroom. I did that for several years. When students were limited to only books on "their level," they quickly lost interest. It was also very difficult for me to have a wide variety of books on each level. Having a visually appealing library with lots of selection is very important to me in my first grade classroom. Below, you will see some photos of my library. My students have constant access to it. My bins shown on the top shelf were purchased at Really Good Stuff. They have been holding up excellently! My lager bins were found at Dollar Tree. They have been holding up ok...a few have cracked when they got over-loaded. Click the product picture to view my library labels.
Preview of bucket labels
Preview of bucket labels (if you have a leveled library)