**This is my 3rd attempt at posting this one today. Technical difficulties, ugh. That said, I’m sorry if you’ve already seen a similar wonky version of it this morning.**
So this post is a little bit of an ode to how much I love having individual student book bins in my room. I bought a class set as a first year teacher (At the time I had a classroom budget to spend since Lord knows I had about negative zero of my own money) and now they’re an absolute staple in my classroom! Having them really does stop *most* of my kiddos from trying to go to the library every five minutes and get new books (I stop the small percentage that still try, ha) My kids know they are allowed to shop for new books first thing in the morning when they arrive, during snack, or if they finish an assignment early– and that’s it! This year my primary team will be implementing Daily Five (more to come on this subject soon by the way) which is where I found the original idea. So book bins will again be in full swing in my classroom pretty soon!
I recently discovered a book bin alternative I wanted to share with you. Not because it’s cheaper than traditional book bins, but because if you were already looking to purchase a set, you may want to consider these instead. Don’t worry, if you’re looking for thriftier options, I’m highlighting some of those below too!!
This is a Small Multipurpose Bin from The Container Store. I keep it inside of my Thirty One Teacher Bag to transport papers and plans to and from school. I’ve never used it as a student book bin, but it dawned on me recently that it would make a really good one!
Another excellent option with a price that really can’t be beat are these organizers from Ikea. They come in sets of 5 for a whopping $1.99. I know lots of teachers who purchase these and just replace them every year.