Today was our teacher work day. We had the full day to spend in our classrooms on last-minute touches, plans, etc. since the next time we're in the building it is the first day of school.
I knew I had to tackle the beast that is my classroom library. There were so many books from the previous two teachers that my new neighbor and I had to do some nifty switching around in order to get everything back there and I STILL have books off the shelf! I ♥ books and am constantly annoyed that I don't have more room or more shelving in my classroom! I did purchase two wire book racks/shelves of my own this year that are housed inside my actual classroom. I may purchase a couple more because I really like them, they don't take up a lot of space and I have quite a few more books that I would love to add to the library area. Kids need to know that books are important and worth being interested in!
It probably took me a total of an hour and a half, maybe even two hours to get that library under control. It was a huge job! I'm not 100% satisfied with it but at least it is ready for the first day of school. I didn't snap a picture of it because my camera was left at home but I will quickly get one on the first day. I used my old student book boxes and it worked great. Otherwise I would have never gotten as many books on that shelf as I did. The book boxes are great because you can stack books two deep per bin and the children can just pull the bins out to search for books in that level. I need to make new labels for the bins and get those laminated so I can quickly attach them Tuesday morning and make shopping for books very easy for my students!
I had a tentative first-day plan all set and ready to go, I just needed to make copies. Then we got our specials schedules and I had to just chuckle! The first day of school, I will greet my students at their line and then take them to art class and drop them off for 40 minutes! We won't even have time to get to our classroom before they need to be at art. So that'll be a different way to start the first day :) It made me feel way less pressured because I have some time Tuesday morning before school and then the children will already be settled into with the art teacher so I can jump right into routines once they come back to my classroom with me.
I'm so excited about getting started. We are going to have a marvelous first day!