One of the best ways to encourage children to read is to create a cozy spot designated for the adventuring through books. Here are five easy tips to create a reading corner in your classroom or in your home that your children will never want to leave!
The first step to creating a cozy reading spot is to designate a space with a rug. You may not have an actual corner to call your reading nook, but you can block off any space with a rug. A great time to buy a rug is at the beginning of the school year. Stores are always full of affordable rugs for dorm rooms or classrooms.
A reading seat depends on you! What is comfortable for your kiddos? It could be a small rocking chair, a bean bag chair, or large floor pillows. The key to hunkering down and burying yourself into a good book depends on your reading seat. Make sure it fits, make sure its comfy, and enjoy!
Its important to have good lighting in order to read without straining the eyes. However, bright, cool light doesn’t create the sense of warmth and comfort that we are going for. Instead, opt for a lamp or twinkle lights. Teachers, this includes you! Just because you have those bright, overhead classroom lights doesn’t mean you can’t invest in some warm lighting for your corner. Christmas lights or a simple, affordable standing lamp from Walmart are great options for the classroom.
I am not sure about you, but when I read a book, you can bet I will be cuddled under a blanket and propped up by throw pillows. A great way to cozy up your space and make it a place where your children will want to stay is to add small touches like a soft blanket and a plump throw pillows. Teachers, while you may not choose to add a blanket to your reading corner, consider picking up a little throw pillow from the Target dollar bins. These little pillows are easy to wash and go along way in creating a homey space in your classroom.
Of course, the ultimate way to entice your children to cozy up in your newly, decked-out corner would be to store some of your books close by. Books could be stored in a stylish basket, wall shelves, or bookshelves. In my classroom, I like to organize my books by topic into labeled Dollar Store bins. This allows me to keep more books on my shelf and keep them organized. At home, I store my little one’s books on book ledges up on the wall and on the window sill, close to the floor.
I hope that this has given you some ideas of how you could create a cozy reading spot in your home or classroom. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy . . . just cozy! We want our kids to want to read, not only because they love books, but also because it gives them an opportunity to escape their everyday life, cuddle up, and read a good book.
Happy decorating, everyone!
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