In our room the quiet area is definitely a place that is visited often by our students. But it just hasn't felt "right," since the beginning of school. Either it seemed like it was promoting more noise, large social gatherings or toy hoarding. (hehehe) I wanted to create an open, inviting and comfortable and calming place to relax, read, chat or take a rest. And it just didn't feel like any of those things. I have changed this area around about 7 times since September hoping to find something that worked.
Recently this week a teaching partner and I played around with the options of furniture in our room and came up with what the two pictures below show. I must say that this is the first time that it has felt "right." The students have had it been apart of their environment for three days and it seems to attract calmness. Inviting them to relax with a friend, read or write. We shall see what the days ahead bring.