The PTSA granted each classroom money to enhance reading areas, and the goal was to have students involved in the process.
We began by thinking about what we wanted in a reading area and then planning a trip to Ikea. Students wanted a personal space for reading, some more comfortable pillows, a rug that wasn’t so old and chairs where they could sit and small tables.
Students planned the train and bus travel, figured out money everyone needed for lunch and had a list of items they agreed they wanted. We headed to Ikea Tuesday and had a great time shopping. They had calculators, measuring tape and constantly thought about their budget.
When we returned with furnishings, the students all put everything together. They didn’t follow directions, but jumped in and put together stools, tables and lamps. Everyone is excited by their reading space, their secret tent and our new class pet, Auggie.