|My Kindergarten Library|
The first change I made was to have a small leveled library for my kids to pick from. It worked well, but I felt that there was too small of a selection to pick from.
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I started by just going basket by basket (baskets are from Really Good Stuff and have lasted me YEARS!) and leveling the books with various leveling apps. Once I figured out the level, I covered the old sticker with a round sticker that had the level on it. I could have gotten a lot fancier with new stickers but...ain't nobody got time for that.
I have listed the apps that I used below. If one app didn't have the level, I tried another. There were books where no apps could identify the level. At that point I went to Google. If I still couldn't find the answer, I used my best judgement. This did not happen to too many books though. It did take many hours. I recruited some friends for some of it (anyone can do it!) and put Gilmore Girls on my SMART board for other times. I even ended up taking some home to do. As I leveled each book I put them in piles so that I could eventually put them back into bins. My carpet worked perfectly for this.
Once I was finished with all of my leveling I began putting them back into the bins. I waited to label the front of my bins because I did not know how many I would need for each level. I combined some levels and others I had several baskets for. Luckily it all fit back nicely into the shelving that I had.
I did keep two topic bins, poetry and holidays. I liked the idea of still being able to pull the holiday books, and poetry is very hard to level!
I have shelving on my white board where I have books that are about what we are currently studying. I pulled those books when we changed topics and either read them aloud or students put them in book boxes. It can be hard to find them to pull when you do not know the level. I have chosen to keep them in the library though, because I do not want them hidden away the rest of the year just to make my life easier. I would like to someday take inventory with one of the apps above so I know what I have and where it is. That seems like another huge project though...