Are you feeling like you've got too much stuff and not enough time? I most definitely am! I feel like I'm knee deep in research projects with one grade, then another grade comes in, ready for a read-aloud. I scramble for a good picture book to share.
When we did a lockdown drill and I had to take a first grade class into my library closet, they were wide-eyed at the assortment of STUFF in there. I might use it someday! (Right.)
I've been thinking through a new approach to my library planning, and of course I want to share it with YOU!
Here's my plan...
I'm gonna come up with a theme for each month, and then organize my bulletin board, library centers, and read-alouds around that theme. I can put all of the materials for that theme into a tub, label it and store it until the next year.
I'm really excited about the possibilities of having an organized closet, and a brain that isn't overwhelmed.
I've spent about 70 hours in the month of January creating the Friendship Fun bundle for us.
This 45-page product includes book hooks from chapter books, picture book suggestions with discussion questions, friendship songs and finger plays, a bulletin board center, and five more library centers related to the friendship theme. You can use these friendship centers along with your regular centers related to library lessons or other projects.
Here's a preview with sample pages.
For a sneak peek at part of this packet, you can download the printable friendship bookmarks for free! You can print these out for your students to color, especially during the Valentine month of February!
I'm really looking forward to executing this organizational plan. I do NOT like the feeling of being overwhelmed and never getting caught up! It really wears me out.
I've already used this strategy with December and our library sweet shop. And I like the way that I'm able to build on the theme by using it year after year. I can add new things if I want to, but I already have a strong base of decorations and centers. I have a plan.
And this will also help me to clean out that library closet. I like the idea of organized, labeled tubs, instead of random stuff on the shelves.
How about you? Are you feeling overwhelmed right about now? Have you come up with any good strategies to make it better?