Help me give my students a cozy reading corner by giving them cushions to sit on, pillows to lean on, and a soft rug to lay on.
I work with kiddos that have special needs and maladaptive behaviors. My children struggle with academics because of the behavioral challenges they have faced, however I have many students that want to do well and achieve their goals in becoming a better student. They recognize how building their reading and math skills have a more positive outcome for their future. I love to see the spark of interest they have when we are discussing a topic they enjoy. I can't get to all the raised hands soon enough.
We were able to come across a book shelf that is now packed with reading materials from National Geographic, comics, picture books, student magazines, and chapter books. Though there may be a variety of books and magazines to choose from, it can be overwhelming. By having book bins that are labeled, I can help students to choose a genre they are interested in and also pick something that is in their reading range. But who wants to grab a book, sit in a hard chair, and lean over a tabletop to read?
To have a furnished reading nook would get the students excited about having a place to read their favorite book or perhaps begin the love of reading.
I believe it is important that students have independent reading time each day. While looking for ways students could achieve this, I was inspired by a Pinterest post to create this reading nook. I want an area that is inviting and cozy; an area students know they can relax while they turn the pages.
I also want extra pillows for students who want to be away from others so they may concentrate but also be comfortable. That is why I would like to have individual pillows for each student so that they can flip their seats upside down and place a pillow behind their back as a self-made lounge chair. With help, my students can have a comfy bench to sit on, soft pillows to lay against, and a plush rug to lay across in order to get comfortable before they dive into a great book.
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