We teach kids reading every day in school but, when they have free time, do they stop and read by themselves?
We want kids reading every day…not just during a lesson with us, right? So, here are a few tips to keep your classroom fun and exciting so kids will want to read ALL THE TIME.
#1 You need to have some comfortable seating.
I mean, let’s face it….sitting in a hard metal chair isn’t really conducive to really relaxing and enjoying a book, right?
Do you have an old comfy chair in your house that you could put in the corner of your room? Or how about a bean bag chair. Some big throw pillows are perfect for littles to cozy up and read. Have a few alternative seating choices around the room for kids to pick from when they want to sit and read.
#2 Create some cozy nooks.
Do you remember when you were a kid and your mom would make a fort out of blankets? I would crawl in there and read for hours! Kids in your classroom will do the same thing.
You can make fun little cozy areas in your classroom simply by throwing a sheet over a table or squeezing some pillows between a couple of filing cabinets.
Maybe you have a kids teepee or small tent you could put in a corner of your room? Head to your local appliance store and ask them to save you an old refrigerator box. Cut a hole in the side and you have an instant fort that didn’t cost you a dime. I guarantee, the kids in your room will love it!
#3 Flashlight Friday
One of my students favorite times to read is Flashlight Friday. Pick up some cheap flashlights at your local department store (or have kids bring in their own), turn out all the lights and let your students read with a flashlight.
How fun is that? Guaranteed you won’t hear a peep in the room….except pages turning.
Would you love more tips to keep reading fun and exciting in your classroom? Head on over to my blog 10 Ways to Get Kids Reading. While you’re there, grab your free September Reading Logs so you can keep track of all the books your littles will be reading! Happy Reading Y’all!