Reading Area

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    I want to create a better area for reading. I have a rug, but I wanted to purchase bean bags so that they can be more comfortable. Does anyone have ideas on how they have set up their classroom. I love entering classrooms that have the "home" feelings, because it helps make the students feel welcomed. :)
     
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    Hey!

    I'm working on this too. Have you ever read the choice literacy website? They have lots of classroom design ideas. It's a member website but I think there's some in the free area. Look for Ann Marie Corgill's article. I'm looking for lamps, plants, curtains and more books this summer. My room definitely needs softening.
     
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    Reading Area Suggestions

    I call my reading area a Book Nook. It has 1 small & 2 jumbo vinyl bean bags, 2 donated jean fabric bean bags (also with the names Will and Emily embroidered in them :p), 2 crates turned upside-down with chair cushions on top as a "sofa." My book nook is in the corner and I have 2 bookshelves shaped like an L to enclose it EXCEPT for the fact that the L is open on the angle because I need to see inside it, of course! Like this:

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    I have two library areas - one has a comfy "butterfly" chair, the other has footstools and other chairs. I have a large meeting area at the front of the class and have 36 desks grouped among these areas. Students "store" the 4 beanbags in the library area, but move them to the meeting area when reading. I've arranged the bookshelves and cubbies (3 cubbies w/36 slots each) so that there are lots of separated areas. Students sit where they feel comfortable.
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Some teachers go way out and I honestly wish I had the money to do it too, but I don't. I work at a private school and we don't get funding, our income is from tuition. The only funding they offer is for old computers that aren't being used anymore. I have gone locally to find bean bags at thrift stores, etc but nothing. I am going to go to a local store we have that had some dog pillows (you can't tell they are for dogs) and use those. They were under $5 so I can at least buy 4 of them, enoujgh for a group to use. I have an old couch at home that I could take. I bought it at a garage sale a few months ago for $15 but I have a feeling my principal won't allow it. Its a loveseat, we have it in our computer room...I might just ask. I think im afraid of my principal though haha.
     

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