I love books.
My children love books.
We teach our children using the Ambleside curriculum and so our learning is literature based. We think it is just grand. Living books...books that sweep you up off of your feet and carry you right into the story. Books that you cannot put down... This is how we learn about art, music, geography, the lives of others, world history, American history, church history, science, grammar, spelling...everything but math, foreign language and typing.
The use of and love of books brings about the need for bookcases.
We only have four right now. A wise woman once told me when Bailey was a toddler that I needed to determine my method for classifying, categorizing and shelving my books and begin when I only had a few books.
I researched methods of classifying a library of books and have opted to use the Library of Congress Classification System. It is fairly simple. Bailey and I have started labeling books but am realizing that even though I thought I was heeding the advice of my dear friend, I should have started earlier. We currently have about 675 books. I know what books we have on what topics and where I have had them shelved.
Problem: The children don't know what is in my head. :0/ They are able to shelve the books based only on where they found them. The girls are old enough to understand the very basics of shelving books according to their topic.
One child not shelving books properly is one thing...but four children not shelving books properly just makes a big fat mess!
So, I am working to get our little library in order by looking up each book and recording the LOC classification number on the inside of the back cover of the book and then placing a small sticker on the base of spine.
I pray that the goals of our family would honor the Lord and bring Him glory. Our little library is only a small part of our home that we are working to reach and maintain order within. I am thankful for my beloved husband who encourages me and leads me in doing things decently and with more order. May we continue to work together to plan and carry out what is right in our home.
Let all things be done decently and in order. ~~I Corinthians 14:40
posted by Mrs. Klause
January 13, 2011