The photo above is of the beautiful rug my 2nd grade parents bought for our classroom as a holiday gift. They know that we love to sit together at the front of the room and share books. It’s where I read aloud to the kids, and until the holidays, the kids would just sit on that old gray school carpet underneath it. This is so much nicer, and although you can’t tell the size of it from this photo, all 28 students can squeeze onto it to listen to a story! And this class loves to listen to my read alouds, so we named this wonderful gift our “Reading Rug.”
Since January 1st, sitting on our Reading Rug, we’ve read quite a few books together. My class loved listening to Kate DiCamillo‘s The Tale of Despereaux last month, so during the holidays I picked up a boxed set of her Mercy Watson series. As I read each one aloud, the kids laughed and laughed, and begged for more. Then they each wanted to read the books by themselves. They’ve worked out some kind of queue, and those three books are slowly being read by each child in my classroom. Reluctant readers? Not with Mercy Watson in the classroom and a beautiful Reading Rug to sit on while you read!