to catalog adult and children's books together whenever space allows. I do this
for three reasons:
1. This saves me time and keeps me from forgetting to use valuable resources!
2. Sometimes a children's book will answer an adult's question.
3. Sometimes an adult book will answer a child's question.
4. This allows for an easy, natural progression from easier to more difficult books as children mature.
I am working on a labelling system which will identify each subject with a unique colorful, graphical label. (My oldest daughter will be drawing the graphics.)
REFERENCE: general works, dictionary, thesaurus, grammar references, foreign language books
As a framework for my science books, I have chosen to use the events of the days of creation listed in Genesis One.
Each book has a blue shelf label identifying it as a science book covering a particular creation day topic. My numbering system follows:
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."
planet earth, earth's rotation
energy: light, magnetism, gravity, friction
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
"And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day."
gems and minerals
dry land habitats
arctic and antarctic
mushrooms and fungi
grains and seeds
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day."
general night sky
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.And the evening and the morning were the fifth day."
flying insects (shelved together with Day Six insects)
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
amphibians, general and specific, alphabetical
reptiles (including dinosaurs), general and specific, alphabetical
mammals, general and specific, alphabetical
man: anatomy and physiology
man: food and nutrition
man: first aid
man: health and disease
dominion: biology and nature
dominion: biology experimentation
dominion: nature investigation
dominion: animal husbandry
dominion: invention and science discovery
dominion: simple machines
dominion: complex machines
dominion: uses of technology
dominion: construction, building
dominion: political science
dominion: art, music
dominion: simple crafts
dominion: great paintings
dominion: children's music
dominion: history of music and composition
dominion: great musical works
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
I categorize my history books in the chronological order of God's working through the ages. I include mythology, most historical fiction, and some art on my history shelves as this is the context in which we are most likely to use these works.
Creation to Babel
(5000/4000 BC to 2250 BC)--
Babel to the Exodus
Exodus to Birth of
Christ (1500 BC - 0)--
Temple of Israel
rise of Greece
rise of the Roman Empire
Birth of Christ
to the Fall of Rome (0 - 350)--
early church fathers
Rome flourishes and is peacefully conquered by Christianity
Fall of Rome to the
Age of Chivalry (350-900)--
beginnings of feudalism
Age of Chivalry to
Reformation to 1700--
1700 to 1900--
William and Mary to Edward VII
1900 to the Present Day--
I shelve separately some general history books and sets which cover long periods of time. These are shelved first as World History and second as American history.
I shelve anthologies first: children's anthologies, poetry anthologies, and so forth.
These are followed by individual works--classics, strong Christian fiction, and other delightful works--in alphabetical order by the author's last name.
These books have colorful spine labels, each identified by the first two letters of the author's last name.
FREQUENT USE BOOKS:
These books, which we currently use weekly or more often, are shelved in our schooling area:
The Book of Life (1949)
Bible Symbols or The Bible in Pictures by Frank Beard (1908)
Lord's Beacon Lights of History
my homemade book of raised letters for finger tracing
Diana Waring's Ancient Civilizations and the Bible
Considering God's Creation
Thorndike Century Junior Dictionary (1942),
The Book of Knowledge (1935)
We shelve our picture books separately, but it's my hope to integrate non-fiction picture books with our juvenile/adult library eventually.
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