When I moved to my new school, I was informed that they don't do A.R.
I was bummed. I love A.R. I have been doing A.R. for the last 10 years.
This school does Fountas & Pinnell.
It's only a K-2 school, so I get why they don't do A.R.
But still. When I heard that, I'm pretty sure my eyes bulged out and my jaw dropped. If you've seen pictures of my extensive classroom library, you can probably understand why I was kind of freaking out about leveling my whole library....again.... for the THIRD time.
So I racked my brain and tried to come up with a "simple" way to do it.
You know that I'm quite OCD (LABEL IT ALL!), so there had to be a system. I didn't want my bins organized by levels because I like the kids to look through my books as they would a real library. PLUS I already have them beautifully organized.
So I came up with a system.
Here's what I came up with.
I made labels and printed them on the Avery mailing labels
I made it so that TWO labels print up on each ONE label...so I'm getting double my bang for my buck. When I cut the labels in half, the fit perfectly around the bind, with the letters showing on the front.
And then I had a WONDERFUL parent volunteer come in and do all of my books. Let me tell you, after 3 days of 4-5 hours of leveling and labeling, she's about halfway finished. Seriously. She's amazing. I need to give her a major gift afterwards.
She's sitting outside my door in the hallway (using the extra desks of kids that didn't show up because I don't' have any room in my actual room for her to sit) looking books up on the Scholastic Book Wizard website/app and labeling them. I feel very blessed to have her.
And now my books are labeled so beautifully!
So did you see the other labels on my books?? Yep. My books are now leveled three times....
One for A.R.
One for 100 Book Challenge (do any of you do that!?)
And now one for F & P.
Hopefully, since these all have letters on them, my kids won't get confused easily! ha!
Tomorrow is Friday.
It's a 3-day weekend.
I'm sure you know where I'll be!