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We’ve put together some classroom reading corner ideas that are easy to implement and won’t take up too much of your time. We’d love to hear your reading corner ideas, so please share them with us on Instagram @hopeeducation_primary or on Twitter @HopeEducationUK.
Reading corner librarians
If you don’t have pupil librarians, get them. There are so many great reasons to have pupil librarians. These include (but aren’t limited to): providing pupils a sense of responsibility; helping out with reading corner displays; encouraging other pupils to visit the reading corner; tidying the books.
They can also help implement any of the following ideas. Let’s face it, anything that can help pupils be independent as well as tick some of your to-do list off is a winner.
Book of the Week
Creating excitement around a particular book is easy if you highlight it as a good one to read! Just remember to change the book over each week. Perhaps nominate a child each week to decide on the Book of Week and they must read that book and provide a review for their peers at the end. You might want to make the Book of the Week one you have read and can recommend. It might come from another class. If a weekly change over is too often, make it the book of the month, or even term.
‘New’ book arrival
Creating excitement around reading can become quite difficult, especially as children get older. However, nothing gets children more excited than a new book arrival. Now, it’s great if you can actually order a book to your classroom and let the children open it. However, this can become a costly business. So, consider borrowing one from another classroom, packaging it up, and getting another teacher to deliver it in front of the class. Boom! Pure excitement. You could always make it your Book of the Week too!
How do you find out about books you might want to read? Whether it’s from a mate or Twitter, book reviews are incredibly influential and that doesn’t change with children. Push children to write reviews of books. If you have books on display on top of shelves, accompany the book with a card that has a short review from a peer on it. That way, they can not only ask the person about the book, but they can also share what they thought at the end of it. Is there anything more lovely than two children chatting about books they’ve read?!
Mix up the reading material
A classroom reading corner doesn’t have to be just books. After all, it is a reading corner. If you’re lucky enough to have a magazine or newspaper subscription, make sure they’re available for children to read. If you don’t have a subscription, ask the pupils, colleagues, or friends if they have subscriptions to any magazine, newspaper, or comic that you could potentially have older copies of to share with the children. Mixing up the reading material is good for vocabulary, imagination, and just general reading skills.
Headphones and music
Do you like music when you read? Or pure silence? Either way, it’s good to provide music and headphones for pupils to listen to music as they read. It might help to block out classroom distractions and really focus on the book they’re reading.
Keep it comfy and clean
Cushions, soft toys, bean bags: all these items help to keep your reading corner comfy. If you want to encourage children to read, it’s a good idea to make the area comfortable and inviting by providing the ability to snuggle down with a good book. If you’re concerned about keeping your reading corner clean, it might be time for your school to invest in SteriTouch soft furnishings. You can get beanbags that are coated in antimicrobial treatment to help stop the spreading of germs.