This is a strange post for me to write, but I have been asked by several other Home Schooling moms that I know to post pictures of my bookshelves. I have been using the curriculum, Tapestry of Grace, for 5 years and have come up with a system of organizing my books that works for our family. What follows is a visual picture with a short description of the system that I use. If this blesses your family, I will be thankful for what God has done.
Tapestry prints up the curriculum in units – 4 units per year. I have put each unit in a separate binder that is color coded by year.
This is year one – ancient history – red binders. These are on a separate book shelf by my computer for easy access when I am putting together assignments or teaching notes for history chats.
The book shelf came from IKEA and come in different sizes and colors. The one that I use for to hold the binders is a smaller version of the Billy Book Cases. I really like these and they work well for holding all the notebooks. Each year has a specific color – Year 1 – red; Year 2 – Bronze; Year 3 – Green and Year 4 – Blue. I am very visual, so this helps me to keep the years together and organized.
Each year has a separate book shelf. These Book shelves come from IKEA and work really well for me.
Each year has a similar design – the top shelf of the year one books has books that span all four years. The second shelf contains the literature books for Dialectic and Rhetoric for year one; the rest of the shelves are history books divided by unit. Spine books are before the unit dividers as they span the entire year!
The unit dividers are color coded for the year and just printed on card stock. If books are used throughout the whole year, they are put before the unit divider so that they can be easily located. Otherwise all the books for history and lower grade literature books are put in order of use for each unit after the unit divider.
Currently these book shelves serve as the temporary wall for my oldest son’s “new” room. So since they were recently moved, they are not quite as organized as I would like them – but they will be there soon!
The biggest problem with this system is that the books don’t always get put back on the shelf at the end of the day. Then we have to search the house to find them and put them back in the appropriate place. It is amazing how many books I find at the end of the school year in the kids rooms!
This was an easy system to develop – if you have questions, call or email me.