|We call our stuffed animals "Snuggles" and the kids love to read to them.|
|Here you can see she is just reading to herself using a whisper phone. Behind her you can see the laundry basket where we keep Big Books and the easel that is used to read them on.|
The students of course loved this and so did we. We have the kids for 50 minutes and checking out books and read aloud doesn't take that long so we added Cozy Corners. As the months went on and we added more and more. Things like Re-telling a story, Word Work, Felt Board Fun and Sensory Tubs. I'll talk about Sensory Tubs in another blog because they have taken on a life of their own.
|You will notice in this retelling a story center that the pieces are made out of felt and paper. We didn't have all the right characters so we just made them.|
You can start small then add to it as you get more funds, find bargains at garage sales or just rummage through closets and cabinets at school.
Library friends if you are looking to start centers then I would suggest start with what you have. We discovered we had a ton of Big Books that teachers didn't use anymore and they were too big for kids to check out. We set up an easel with a pointer and bam Center #1. The kids love to act like the teacher and read to other students in the audience.
Now how many of you have subscriptions to magazines that don't get used much? Well make it into a center and maybe give the kids "Whisper Phones" and you have a center that was no work at all. We even through in some special carpet squares to make it special.
Do you still use the book drop? I don't anymore so I had the book drop cart that was just taking up space so we turned it into a puzzle table. It cost nothing and we had no trouble finding puzzles for the kids to put together. The pieces don't even fall off because of the lip of the cart. We did put some clear tape around the edge inside so the table wouldn't drop down.
Start small and watch it grow. I will talk more next week about more of our Cozy Corners.