Grades

    How do you set up your reading center
    Amy K

    How do you set up your reading center in your classroom? I see so
    many pictures of rooms online where people have bins and bins and
    bins of books for the kids to select from. They are all organized so
    nicely by subject, author etc... They then have comfy chairs or even a
    couch in the reading center. It all looks great, but do most people
    really have that much space? My room is not super tiny, but it isn't real
    big either. If I dedicated as much space in my room for a reading
    center as I see on Pinterest and teacher websites, my kids wouldn't
    have any space too sit, do work or play. It baffles me that so many
    teachers have rooms that have to be at least twice the space that I
    have. I have a very small, simplistic reading center. I have a very
    nice Lakeshore reading shelf that I change out monthly. It houses
    holiday / seasonal books (fall, Halloweeen, Christmas, winter etc....) I
    then have a shelf that holds four large bins. I label 2 bins "fiction" and
    2 bins "nonfiction." As we read books that are not holiday/seasonal, I
    put them in these bins for the kids to read and look at. Once they get
    too full, I take some of the books out and put them away to make room
    for new books that we have read. It works and my kids have plenty of
    books to read. I just feel like sometimes I am the only teacher that
    doesn't have an elaborate reading center for my kindergarteners. So I
    am just curious as to what everyone else is doing.