When homeschooling children, it’s important to have a separate classroom area to focus on learning class materials, doing their homework, and reading. Separating home life from school life is especially difficult for homeschooled children; having a designated room for learning keeps them focused on their tasks during schooldays.
Like a school classroom, your at-home classroom should have a small library and reading corner for your children to take a break and lose themselves in a good book. Whether you use the reading area for storytime or designated reading time, consider these tips for setting up your classroom reading nook to make it a space everyone enjoys.
Make Your Reading Nook Cozy
While your classroom should keep your child or children in a learning mentality, they should still enjoy the different areas of the room—especially a reading nook. Fill the space with comfortable bean bag chairs and ample lighting. Your lighting shouldn’t take away from your child’s reading experience; a light that’s too bright or that hums could give your child headaches or sensory overload.
You don’t have to break your budget to create a cozy reading nook—reupholster an old chair or a garage sale find, make your own bookshelf, and buy books secondhand. Not only can you find many books at a secondhand bookshop, but you’ll also help keep your favorite local bookstore in business.
Zone the Nook Out With Rugs
You should know as soon as you enter the nook that it is specifically for reading. The comfortable furniture is one important feature of the book nook, but the other is a soft, carpeted floor. You don’t need to invest in carpet flooring to attain a cushiony reading corner; find a large area rug to assign the zone.
Don’t fear rugs that bring out your children’s creativity—you may be surprised what an impact a geometric pattern can have on their inspiration. You can also inspire playtime with a neighborhood rug. If you plan to lead story time every day, finding a creative way to use carpet circles may help everyone pay attention.
Provide Brain Enriching Activities
Some days are more difficult for reading than others. Instead of forcing your children to read in the nook, consider leaving out enriching activities or creative materials to give them options on harder days. Consider setting up a table for puzzles or making a space for children to write or draw. Integrating your child’s interests into the classroom’s design instead of limiting their freedoms will help earn their respect and keep them invested in their class materials.
With a steady supply of new material to read and a space to do it, you can make your book nook an overwhelming success. Visit your local library for more tips for setting up your classroom reading nook—anything they use to fill their reading spaces can help inspire your nook.