Re: How do you set up your reading center

    Pinterest has been a godsend and a curse to everyone,
    including teachers. If your system works for you then there is
    no need to change. I am a big believer that kids need choices
    but too many choices is overwhelming, even for adults.

    I found that reading in the reading center became social time
    and they really didn't read or even look at the pictures much.
    Sometimes it was part of my daily 5 rotation and sometimes

    We each have to find what works for us and our class and
    there is no need to "compete" with the teachers who post
    these fabulous pictures.

    On 8/01/16, Amy K wrote:
    > 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
    > 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
    > center as I see on Pinterest and teacher websites, my kids
    > have any space too sit, do work or play. It baffles me that so
    > 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
    > nice Lakeshore reading shelf that I change out monthly. It
    > 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
    > doesn't have an elaborate reading center for my
    kindergarteners. So I
    > am just curious as to what everyone else is doing.