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Reading is lofty goal in kindergarten

POSTED: September 29, 2007 5:04 a.m.
Typically, children want the top bunk when they spend the night with a friend, and most also like to play in tree houses.
According to Smiley Elementary kindergarten teacher Wregina Carryl, all of her students want to spend time in her new reading loft.
“The kids just love going up there to read. We have centers every day and, by far, the reading loft is the center they like the best,” Carryl said.
This past year, she spoke to a few people about putting a loft in her classroom and decorating it for the class.
“I had one before and the children loved it, and my cousin, Mrs. (Joanne) Moody had told me about a father who had built one for her,” Carryl said.
So the kindergarten teacher contacted Jerry Hammer of Hammer Construction, and he chose to help her with the project. She also contacted Harris-Ace Hardware in Jesup to see about getting the materials, and the store donated everything.
Hammer then gave up some of his time during the summer, and, presto, Carryl had a reading loft.
The loft is used during the day when the children have rotation centers for math, language arts, reading and puzzles. But the only way a child can go in the loft is with a permission slip from their parents.
“Each child gets to go in the loft at least once a week for 20 minutes and they just love it,” Carryl said.
She noted she has regular books and books on tape for students to use while they are in the loft.
“I am so appreciative to Mr. Hammer and Ace Hardware for their help; having the loft makes the reading center so much more effective because the children enjoy it so much,” the teacher said.
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