Read To Succeed

30 Jul

Speaking of decorating your classroom… I’ve recently come across some AMAZING ideas on creating cozy reading spaces in your classroom. Research has shown that creating a comfortable reading corner with special features actually motivates and encourages students to read (and comprehend) more. This is evidenced in a book that my sister read and highly recommended to me, titled Mosaic of Thought. This book gives simple strategies for creating a comfortable reading corner utilizing natural light, pillows, rugs, bean bags, overstuffed chairs etc. Now, if your thinking you don’t have time to read another book before school starts, let me share the paragraph I read about this ground breaking book, that caught my attention:

When was the last time you finished a book and you were asked to complete a worksheet about it?

You probably haven’t had to do that since you were a student yourself, however this is something that most of us ask our students to do on a daily basis. To me, this doesn’t make much sense. Shouldn’t we teach students to read and comprehend books in a manner that is consistent with how they will read and comprehend as adults?

The book Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann moves away from worksheets with comprehension questions, utilizing more real-world, student-driven instruction.

Ok, below are pics of the AMAZING ideas on creating cozy reading spaces I’ve recently come across. Pictures really are worth a thousand words. Happy decorating (and reading)!

This last one you may have seen from Cara and The First Grade Parade. She mentioned how much her students loved reading underneath the adorable tree she created, back when she taught 2nd grade. : )

Good luck coming up with your own creative ways to motivate students to read, learn and explore.

Thank you for helping todays students READ TO SUCCEED!


Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Read To Succeed

  1. Cheryl

    July 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Love all these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them! 🙂
    Crayons and Curls

  2. Jennifer

    July 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for the book tip – sounds like a great book! I totally agree that reading spaces need to be inviting and comfortable – think about reading while sitting upright in a chair – I don’t know a single adult who does that, yet too many teachers expect kiddos to read at their desks. My first year of teaching I got a plastic kiddie pool, piled it with cushions and placed it in our reading corner. My kinders loved going into the pool to read!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  3. Peggy Paulson

    August 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    WOW -these ideas are great! I really need to re-design!!
    Thanks for the great ideas. Since I often bring my dog to school, and she sleeps on the reading cushions, I would really like to make a giant dog house!


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