Reading is one of the most important aspects of any academic curriculum. This should be a main focus of your classroom, no matter the age of the students you teach. Reading is the foundation for nearly all other academic areas including math, science and social studies. The way you organise your classroom either encourages or discourages reading activities, so it is important to set up your classroom in a way that promotes student reading, individually and as a class.
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Things you need
- Variety of children's literature
- Small bookshelves
- Comfortable chair for the reading corner
Provide students with a variety of children's literature to read in your classroom. Include books in a range of reading levels and interests to encourage all students to read during free time in your classroom. Add to this collection using donated books from parents or old books from your school's library. Place the books on small book shelves that are an appropriate height for the students in your classroom.
Establish a quiet reading corner for students. Place a comfortable chair or loveseat in this area that is set away from the noise and distractions of your classroom. Provide a quiet environment with adequate lighting to encourage students to choose a book and read.
Set up an area dedicated to reading books together as a class. For younger students, this may be the same place for circle time every morning. For older students, designate one area of the classroom for this purpose and always use it for reading assignments completed as an entire class.
Organise your classroom desks to encourage reading. If you prefer students to read alone, space the desks apart. If you want students to work and read together, cluster desks in small groups so they can share reading materials with each other.
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