My students need a designated reading center. I wanted to have flexible seating, shelves for my books, and decorative stimuli to really transport my students to "another place" when they curl up with a book.
My students, mostly African-American and from low-income families, have been through a lot these past couple of months. They have lost their homes and personal items at home. Their apartments have flooded and been condemned and homes have been destroyed by flood waters and mold. Unfortunately, they lost their school, as well.
We received 1-2 feet of water in our school building and lost everything due to flood damage and mold contamination.
We desire to rebuild our classroom and feel at home again at school. It is without a doubt their home away from home.
I wanted to create a camping theme for my reading center. I have put a few shelves on my list that are low to the ground and easily accessible by my students and to separate my books by genre. I also have so woodland type decor for my sitting area to really create a camping environment for my students to sit down in front of a pretend camp fire, run their hands in the astro-turf rug, and curl up with a book on their soft log cushions. I also put paper stars to hang from the ceiling above the reading center to create a theme "Reading Beneath the Stars.." I want to encourage imaginative thinking as my students really transport themselves into the pages of their books. I have this desire to create this because I want my students to look forward to, enjoy, and love reading and this love can help build their stamina, comprehension, and critical thinking skills if they are closely reading and immersing themselves into their passages. I lost my classroom in the flood during hurricane Harvey; however, I am using this as an opportunity to start fresh with wonderful new ideas such as this one. I appreciate all your support and well wishes and thank you for joining us in the effort of "Reading Beneath the Stars!"
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