My New Reading Nook!

I am so excited about my new reading Nook.  I have been wanting to find a way to add more space for my readers.  I also managed to take an eye sore of a cart and turn it into a cute little table/storage/& dry erase center!
I headed to IKEA and grabbed the stools cheap.  They are the perfect size for 2nd graders to move around to different centers.  I have rain gutters for show casing my thematic books.  The white board is magnetic so my students use it as a making words center.  There are tons of books in tubs, on shelves and on the floor.  I keep a cozy bean bag there as well as pillows for them to spread out on.  I am still looking for the perfect bench...the one pictured is borrowed from the hall and I am sure I will have to return it.  I was thinking maybe colored Adirondack chairs in its place? 

See that white cart!  It made me crazy because it took up so much space!  So I took the books out and added some panel board from Home Depot.  I also added two blocks on the bottom so that my students can slide the wipe board open and closed to get supplies.
It is so fun to see them working at the center.  They love that the table is their size!
I also just finished my I LOVE the USA Packet today and I am know my kiddos are going to love learning about the USA next week.  We worked on our Famous American Projects this week so next week will be about the symbols of the USA!

I think they turned out really cute!
You can grab a copy of my I LOVE the USA Packet to see the report they are working on!
Just click the image above.  It is 17 pages of Literacy Base learning activities for the USA!
Have a great weekend!

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  1. It looks great! You have inspired me to do something with mine. They definitely need more space.
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  2. Looks great! I love the whiteboard table!

  3. Your reading nook is very cute. I also love the stools - they are the perfect size and I love the bright colors they come in!


  4. How cute is this!?! I just love your reading nook!!

  5. What a wonderful space!

  6. Your nook looks wonderful. I agree that IKEA is a great resource. I LOVE the rain gutter idea as well. Not sure we have those here in Switzerland but if we do I might steal that idea. Love your blog!


  7. That looks so cute! It's so great when you can resuse stuff, isn't it?

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  8. I am loving your reading book. I am so pinning it so I can remember it for next year! :)

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  9. That is so very cute!


  10. Very cute and I love the rain gutter idea!!!

  11. That's a very useful reading nook. Not sure I could pull that off in my room right now, but that's certainly a smart way to use your space.

  12. I love your cart table! I have a small table in my room that I got from Ikea, but how much nicer would it be to have storage in it too! If they make you return the bench you could always use some crate seats instead - my kids love them and the custodian likes that we can easily stack them up in a corner at the end of the day so he doesn't have to try to vacuum around them!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  13. Too cute! It looks cozy and inviting. I'm sure your kids LOVE it. I'm your newest follower!

    A Year of Many Firsts


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