A new bookshelf in my preschool classroom

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 11, 2012

in Book Center, Centers, Children's Studio, Classroom Setup, DIY

My indoor classroom does not have a lot of space so I have been working on ways to try and provide the centers/environment I really want my kids to enjoy and at the same time, not make things too crowded…

One of the changes I made was to remove a large, but very nice bookshelf, out of the classroom and add this “book shelf” on my wall…

I borrowed this idea from Corner House Blog and even followed her suggestion to go to Home Depot to get the materials and have them cut the Vinyl guttering into the right size for me. Funny thing was, when I asked if they could cut the guttering into three pieces for me (I gave them the lengths I needed) – they said that the guttering could not be cut – that it would splinter or possibly shatter if they ran it through the saw.   So I whipped out my Iphone and logged into Corner House Blog and said, “well this Home Depot didn’t have a problem!”  After looking at the blog post, they miraculously cut the guttering for me! I was so excited!!

My husband attached the guttering on the wall so it wouldn’t fall off (which is what would have happened if I put it up).  The guttering is light weight – so my students and I had a little chat about how to take care of the shelves and set some rules.  We haven’t had a problem and my students love it…

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1 Amy M January 12, 2012 at 12:20 am

I did not read your blog for quite a while and I think I missed something… DId you start your own preschool? Sorry for being nosy but just had to ask. ;)

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

Yes, I started my own preschool just this year:)

3 Amy M January 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

That is wonderful!! I am happy for you. :)

4 Trisha January 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

Neat idea! So did Home Depot use a hack saw or the electric kind?

5 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2012 at 7:48 am

Electric saw:)

6 Leeanne A January 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

I just love this idea – one of my favorites!

7 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

Thank you Leeanne:)

8 Vanessa @Pre-K Pages January 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

Your new bookshelves look lovely Deborah! I have had plastic gutter shelves for many years, my husband used tin snips to cut them to size in the parking lot of Home Depot so we could fit them into our sedan :) I first heard about this idea from Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook. Here’s a picture of a few of my shelves http://www.pre-kpages.com/classroom_photos/

9 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I didn’t realize you have been using them too Vanessa! I absolutely love them!!

10 Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam January 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Beautiful! I think bookshelves that have the books facing out are best for younger children. It makes it so much easier for them to find a book they would like to read.

11 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

It is true – my kids are reading books they hadn’t noticed before. It is so much more pleasing than books all jumbled up on a floor shelf:) I think because they are on the wall, I tend to pay more attention to how they are organized and presented too!

12 Rockabye Butterfly January 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Awesome! I love the part where you whipped out your iPhone and proved that another person did it! haha! You got what you wanted , good for you! These are awesome shelves, I love this idea of a “book wall”. Takes up less space than a chunky bookcase that jets out, and creates more light by taking out a piece of furniture. Plus, the kids get to see all the front of the books, making it easier to find their story! Love it!! :))

13 Joan January 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

What a great idea, Deborah and what determination, too! LOL!!!! I would love to see more ideas about utilizing space in a very small classroom which I also have!!!

14 Gabby Turner January 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Great Idea. Love it!

15 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thank you Gabby:)

16 ATITEBI F.B January 13, 2012 at 6:02 am

This will enable me to make my classroom appears more neater and beautiful.T HANKS for bringing light into my business

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