**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!
Here is one I modeled using some things from my classroom. In the past I’ve only ever had students put books into their book bins, but this year I am considering having them carry a folder or notebook for Daily Five too. They’re not as wide as traditional book bins, but they’re longer, so you can turn tall items side ways and suddenly everything fits Ez-Peezy and looks super neat and tidy.
This is the space my kids store their book bins.
Long enough to fit things sideways so everything fits, takes up less space than traditional bins
I don’t know if they’d be AS durable as traditional book bins even though they took a good tester beating from me
Price- $3.99 each at The Container Store
but you can sign up for a 10% teacher discount which brings them down to about $3.60
These are the traditional plastic book bins I own that you can find at the teacher store or from Really Good Stuff
. I purchased mine four years ago and for the most part they have held up super well! A few minor chips here and there, but overall still in great condition.
The only problem I have found with them is they don’t hold too wide books or in my case, with my shelving unit, too tall books. So for example, my Rainbow Fish Books don’t fit because they’re too wide. Now that said, my kids can still fit 8-9 out of every 10 books they try to put in, which isn’t too shabby! I also like that I can get them in fun colors to match my room decor/theme.
They don’t hold all books
Price – $3.49 each if you price out a class set from Reallygoodstuff
Now onto some thrifiter options….!!
One of my favorites was when I saw a teacher use these Dr.Suess totes from the Dollar Spot at Target to house her individual student books. She attached a command hook to the back of the student chairs and that’s where they hung. Target also usually has “traditional” book bins around this time of year in the Dollar Spot for $2.50 each. But finding a whole class set usually requires a trip to multiple locations. Not that I’m above a Target Shop Hop. In fact, I think I’m about to go on one today in search of their PURPLE pocket charts that I must have but currently can’t find.
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.
So you don’t need to spend big bucks to bring student book bins into your classroom!!
Do you use some type of individual student book bins in your room??
On an entirely separate note, when I logged onto Pinterest this morning, my socks were just about blown off when I saw this picture of my Illustration Rubric Freebie pinned by THE Cara Carroll from The First Grade Parade
to snag this freebie}
I regard Cara in the same way most people regard George Clooney or twelve year old girls regard Justin Beiber…A CELEBRITY!! So the fact that she found something of mine worth pinning made my little heart’s happy day!! It’s also gotten over 1,000 downloads on TPT along with some really great feedback so I figured I’d throw in link to it just in case you want to snag one for yourself 🙂