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GIVEAWAY TIME: Book Bins and More

Happy Friday! 

I am so excited today to give away one of my favorite things! I confess that I am a book hoarder. Aren't we all? At the beginning of the summer I MADE myself clean out and reorganize a little bit. I organize all of my teacher books using book bins. I label each bin to correspond with exactly what I am teaching that week. My kindergarten team sits down together in May and we plan for the next year. Thanks so my sweet team mate Katie for typing it up! Here is what it looks like:




Then I make the book bin labels to correspond with the theme for the week. I know that theme is a bad word in some school districts, but it's really just a way to tie everything together and keep it fun and engaging for the kids. At Christmas we are going to read Christmas books and in October we are going to learn about pumpkins all while still hitting our standards, end of story : )



 Please notice the random sticker on each book bin. We try to teach the letters of the alphabet in the order that Saxon phonics teaches. However, sometimes we will change the order for one reason or another. So I write the letters of the alphabet on a sticker and then put it on the corresponding bin. It makes it really easy to change year to year if I need to. 



Now look at the picture above very closely. Can you tell the difference between the book bins? The one on the left is the amazingly giant book bin by Steps to Literacy. Eventually, I hope to completely convert and only have these book bins. I love them because they can hold nice big hardback books and are super durable. They can even hold binders! 


These book bins also come in both primary and bright colors. I just love them and I can't imagine organizing my books without them. They are the best book bin that I have ever come across.

And now for the giveaway! 
One lucky winner will receive a set of 8 different colored big book bins from Steps to Literacy and I wanted you to have something new to go in your bins so I threw in a $10 Amazon gift card! : ) 


The giveaway starts NOW and ends on Friday, July 18. I will announce the winner by Saturday, July 19! Just enter below using the Rafflecopter. Notice you get even more points for liking me on Facebook and following me on Blog Lovin! : )



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29 comments

  1. My goal is to have the year planned out too! I'll be working on it soon! Thanks for sharing how you plan!

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  2. I organize my books for students in Dollar Tree wash tubs labeled by types of books: rhyming, reptiles, etc. The books I use for lessons I have organized in a large file cabinet by the month in which I use them. Love these bins...so sturdy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. What a great giveaway! I am loving your year plan layout. I'm jealous!

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  4. I also organize my books by month/theme. :) Thanks for the chance!

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  5. Organizing my books is a summer project!

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  6. I organize mine by bins and themes as well!

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  7. I plan to organize my library by theme so the kids can easily find their interests. I just accepted my first contracted position as a kindergarten teacher so we'll see how it works out :)

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  8. I use book boxes that look like magazine files. Thank you!

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  9. I organize my books by theme, both in the student library (in small magazine boxes from Target) and my own books (in large Rubbermaid containers).

    Heather

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  10. I plan on organizing my books by topics and genre

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  11. Although I don't have my own classroom yet (I'm student teaching in the spring), I have nearly 300 books collected for my future classroom library. At the moment, I have them organized by month/theme. :)

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  12. I organize by theme as well. Would love to win. I took a little break from teaching a couple of years ago paid it forward by giving away ALL of my goodies (what was I thinking?!?) So desperately need to replenish now!

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  13. Currently, I organize my books by level for my kids to use. Thanks!

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  14. Last year, I switched from 2 gallon ziplock theme bags to keep my books in to Really Good Stuff tubs. I love how the ones you got because they fit binders!

    Gwen

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  15. I love this idea! I always struggle with HOW to organize my books. Right now, I have them randomly sorted into bins, but this is a GREAT idea!!
    #Hashtag Fifth

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  16. I have a mishmash of tubs that I've bought over the years and each one has either a different theme (like Bugs or Animal Nonfiction) or I have some for our favorite authors (Mo Willems or Kevin Henkes). These would be great!

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  17. I'd love to win these tubs as they'd help me organize (and Lord knows I need all the help I can get in that area!). Thanks for the chance to win. I love your blog!

    Lori
    blantonl2@mymail.shawnee.edu

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  18. I organize my read aloud books alphabetically on shelves by my desk. I organize other books by theme and some authors (i.e. Dr. Seuss). This is an amazing giveaway!

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  19. I have all of my leveled books in baskets by their Guided Reading levels. My other books are in 3-4 large baskets. I want to work towards grouping them by themes.

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  20. How am I just finding your blog?! So cute! I'm your newest follower! I teach 1st grade in Austin. :)

    Jana

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  21. I have been organizing my books in boxes by themes and in a bookcase by level. I would love to have these cute baskets!

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  22. I organize my books by theme as well. I do keep easy readers, alphabet books and number books out at all times. I love the book baskets. (I think it is in teacher DNA to like baskets.)

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  23. I want to get my books out of dish tubs. These bins look great, especially for bigger picture books.

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  24. I organize my books by Accelerated Reading Levels! This is my first year teaching and AR is big in the school I'm starting at!

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  25. I have my chapter books organized by reading level so the kids can easily find one that is just right for them. My picture books are all organized by genre or theme. I have a large tub in the back of the room where I keep seasonal/holiday books. I display them standing up on top of my bookshelves during that season. My book bins are from Really Good Stuff and my bookshelves were handmade by my sweet uncle :)

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  26. I organize by reading level and size.

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  27. I organize my books by reading level, but I also have tubs of books that the kids can choose "just for fun" at certain times that I designate. These books, magazines, and other reading materials often have great illustrations (the kids can read the captions), or charts, graphs, and maps. These books often spark an interest in my students, who then seek out just right books on similar subjects. Right now, I use plastic "shoe boxes" but something cuter/prettier is in my future!

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