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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Almost Spring Break!

I can't believe Spring Break is only a week away!  This year has flown by so fast!
I found this awesome resource on Pinterest this week and I see it taking up most of my spring break.  =)
Classroom Booksource is a way to organize all of your books and let students check them out.  You can scan books in using your smartphone, iPod, or iPad (they also have apps for both Apple and Android products).  I so excited about this because I'm hoping it allows me to keep track of what books students are reading and even allow them to take AR books home on occasion.  Did I mention- it's totally FREE??? That's the best part if you ask me.  Here is a video if you want to learn more.

Right now, I have my books sorted by AR levels and colored coded with sticker so that my kids can easily select and put away books correctly.  Just last week one of my sweeties from last year brought an AR book back to me that he had accidentally taken home last year.  (He found it while cleaning his room- ha!)  I had no idea it was gone.  I think this awesome website and app will help me keep track of books and even save me some money.  I hope some other people are as excited as I am about this!  (I know I can count on some of my teacher friends to be nerdy with me- right?!?!)

Also through Pinterest (have I mentioned how obsessed I am?), I found this lovely blog: Sweet Blessings.
She had found through Pinterest (are you rolling your eyes yet to the number of times I've mentioned Pinterest?  If not, Pinterest. hehe) a cute saying and made this great little sign to go along with it.  She has a link on her blog to download it for FREE!

I love, but it didn't quiet match the rest of my classroom posters, so I decided to make a very similar version, but with my classroom color scheme.  Feel free to download it, but please make sure you visit Sweet Blessings!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend- it's almost Monday!  

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  1. I love the idea of keeping track of my books because I do worry about losing them. I will say, though, that I actually worry more about other teachers in my building holding on to them rather than the kids. Ha! I might consider using this. I've often wanted to take inventory of my books. This would be a great way to also keep track of them. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi there! Stumbled upon your blog through the K-2 linky party. I'm right there with you Pinterest! :-)


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  4. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that gets so excited about technology stuff. I'm also trying Class Dojo and the kiddos are loving to hear that ding. I'm super excited about the Booksource app because I'm moving and think this will help me get both my children and professional books organized. I {heart} Pinterest!!!

  5. How did the book app work for you? I tried it and it seemed too much of a hassle (had to enter info for more books than it would scan correctly!)

    Anyway...I'm awarding you the Liebster Award! It is for bloggers with under 200 followers! Check out more about it here: Liebster Award

    Melissa at Mrs. Smith's First Grade Class

    1. Melissa, I kind of feel the same way. However, I emailed the company and they say that they are hoping to add a feature soon where you can add a picture of the front cover to the other info you are entering. I think if they add that feature I might still give it a chance. It would make it much easier for my students to use the app independently. My students don't take home book very often from my personal library, so I think I could just add the books as they take them.

      Thanks so much for the award. That is very sweet!