by Loree Smith
(Greensboro, NC United States)
Beginning of the year: Reading tent
I have a Reading Tent as my reading center (it is basically one of those "half tents" that are used for shade on the beach).
I decorate the tent in a thematic way as well.
For example, in January I have drawn rectangular blocks on a white shower curtain to drape over the tent to make it look like an igloo.
I regularly change out the books in that station and have them organized in labeled bins accorging to theme, author study, etc.
I also have reading glasses, pointers, puppets, and a writing tool which is designed for the students to write words that the know or want to learn that they find in the books they read.
However this is the least favorite of my centers that the children like to go to.
I don't know what else to spice it up!
How can I get them to want to go to this station? Is there something I can do to this station to make them want to choose it during choice centers? HELP!