I work at two small elementary schools in our district. The students at our local schools are small-town kids. They are so close to their peers, and their bonds are strong. It's a close-knit community with great parent involvement. I am constantly amazed at how supportive they are of each other.
When we complete STEM challenges, my students cheer each other on even when it means they themselves might not be the "winner." These kiddos are strong individually but are even stronger as a group, and I believe they have a great advantage in coming from such a small, close community.
The safety and stability of this small town allow these kids to step outside their comfort zones and try things they might otherwise be timid or too self-conscious to try. They have so much potential to use their community strength to achieve great things and push the boundaries of learning. I'm inspired every day by their sense of community at such a young age.
Currently, students are forced to sit at tables in plastic chairs or to sit on the floor in order to read!
We all know that reading is more enjoyable when you can get comfortable and really dig in, and I'd like to give that option to my students.
I think the beanbags will not only increase their ability to focus on their reading, but it will also give extra motivation to find a book and settle into this comfy nook.
We frequently use QR codes to listen to Read Alouds with iPads and the students also enjoy the app EPIC (a sort of Netflix for books) and digital magazines like Nat Geo for kids. As of now, they must listen quietly while others are listening, too. How distracting. We need a set of headphones and a small side table to hold them and iPad chargers so that this reading center can double as a listening center.
I want to encourage students to read in any way that interests them because that is the only way that they will enjoy it. In order to facilitate as many reading preferences as possible, I must continue to adapt the library to their needs. I think this comfortable reading center is a step toward building a better relationship between our students and reading.
I'd really like to be able to do this for them; and it is awesome to think that it will be able to be used for years to come! So many children will benefit from this!
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