Did you know that Mrs. Koffler has created a new adventure space in her room? She has decided to transform a corner of her room into “Camp Koffler”. It was inspired by the Magic Tree House, which lived in a corner of her room in a previous year. She wanted to ensure a quiet and cozy place for her first graders to sit and do their Daily 5. Daily 5 is a program that lets you select either to read to yourself, or to read with somebody during reading time.
Mrs. Koffler started building this “camp” a week before school started, She stopped when school started, as she had other things to work on as well. And she says it’s not even done yet! Mrs. Koffler continues adding to this “work in progress.”
If Mrs. Koffler were to redo this project, she would buy a bigger tent so more kids can sit inside and read, but it’s expensive! She has more plans for this project, and she just wants the kids to be comfortable. Once in awhile, the kids have suggestions. “Because 'When you give kids ideas, of course they [will] have suggestions.”
According to Mrs. Koffler, it took an eight out of ten effort to get up to this point, but like she says, it not done yet! As of now, she is stepping back and evaluating on what to do next. Parents contributed the lights, and they’re always there when Mrs. Koffler needs them.
Her favorite parts of her “work in progress” are the campfire and the Seasonal Basket of Books, which is a changing basket of books, so for example, during the holidays, there are holiday-themed books in the basket.Mrs. Koffler says she needs to tighten up the screws on the bench before the kids can sit on it again, because she thinks one screw might be loose!
Mrs. Koffler definitely plans to have this up for a few years. She’s not sure whether to expand the theme of “Camp Koffler” to the rest of the classroom because it’s quite a task. After that, She isn’t sure what will happen. When asked the question, “How satisfied are you with this project on a scale of ten?” She answered, “Ten!”