A homeschooling library can really be a tough challenge to keep neat, and organized. Kids are constantly taking the books off of the book shelf and stuffing them back in. The end result is usually a very messy looking bookcase. Below you will find a few simple ways to keep your homeshool library nice, neat and organized. Pick which one seems to work best for you, and you may be able to come up with some of your own ideas.
Create your own book dividers
The first thing you will want to do is create your own book dividers. You can easily make these by using old cereal boxes. First start by cutting off the top edges of the cereal boxes. The top edges are basically the flaps on the top of the cereal box. Next you will want to cut out a small side of the cereal box. Basically you will want it to look like a magazine holder. Create a bunch of these different holders. After you have finished cutting up your boxes you will want to use some construction paper, or wrapping paper to cover over the cereal boxes. Just try gluing the paper to the outside of the boxes to make them all look uniform. Using a black marker you will want to write down the type of books that it’s going to be contained in this box. For example you can label them by subject, such as science, social studies, and whatever other type of books you have. By organizing your book shelf this way it will be easier to keep the books in nice working order.
Once a week clean out
Once a week you and your children can go over the library and see what items need to be fixed up and reorganized. Have your kids help you with placing the books back in the right area. This will get them used to keeping their library nice, neat and organized. The kids may not like the idea of organizing the library once a week, but eventually they will get used to it.
Why not set up your home library a lot like the regular library. You can have your kids help you put the books into alphabetical order. This is really a great way to help them improve on some of their skills and get things in order. Try putting labels on the shelves so that they can remember exactly where the books go.