"Well," I replied, "I don't know about the rest of them, but my husband and I have a little trailer on Spirit Lake and I have spent most of the summer over there. Over the 4th, when it was so hot everywhere, I sat in the lake."
"Ahh. Sounds nice."
And, it is nice. I have had a truly relaxing summer. I've read a lot of books. Played a lot of games on my computer. Swam. Golfed. Went to a couple of great concerts. But in four short weeks, I'll be back to school.
|The counter and my desk are full of baskets of books...|
So today I went up to my room. I knew the custodians had taken all my baskets off the shelves of my bookcases. I told them not to worry about putting them back because I wanted to sort through them and arrange them myself. So, here is what my room looked like at 9:30 this morning.
|The shelves are empty.|
So, I rolled up my sleeves (figuratively, of course. It's waaaaay to hot for sleeves) and set to work. I checked each book in the basket. Made sure it was in the appropriate basket. I renamed some of the baskets. I didn't want kids only going to some baskets and ignoring others simply because of the label on the outside---so bye-bye "Chic Lit" and "Boy Books".
On top of one, I made a little display of Mrs. Day's favorite books. I need to bring a few more from home, but that can wait for another day.
And, after four short hours, I had all the books in the right baskets and the baskets organized on the shelves. Author baskets and series baskets are on one shelf. Genre baskets are in the big bookshelf in the middle and the non-fiction are in baskets on their own shelf. Plus, my textbooks have their own shelf!
Spilling Ink. Every once in awhile, I just want to tell kids to find a prompt they like and write about it. The next time I go back, I'm going to put up a "Read. I Dare You." board by my bookshelves. I'm going to put out some books that are good, but kids tend to ignore and see if I can get them to read outside of their comfort zone. That probably won't work well until we really get going, but it will be fun to see if there are any brave souls at the beginning of the year.
So, I can go back to the lake for a couple of weeks and feel pretty good about my room. There are a few little things to do (and some books I bought that need to be inventoried and put away), but the housekeeping "stuff" is pretty much done. Now I can start thinking about ....well, first I think I'll do a little more swimming, a little more golfing, a little more reading. Everything else can wait just a little bit longer.....