Sunday, August 01, 2010

Classroom Rugs: A Teacher’s Best Friend


Having a classroom rug may not seem like a necessity to some, but teachers know that a classroom rug can be their best friend. Classroom rugs range from about 4 feet by 5 feet to 8 feet by 13 feet and can be placed in most classrooms. To the teacher, a classroom carpet is one of the most versatile items to have available. Here are some or its many uses.

Create a Room within a Room


Classroom rugs can provide a room within a room. This means that the teacher has a space that is measured out, well defined, and easy for kids to identify. A simple, “Please sit on the carpet” request by a teacher means that students know exactly where to go. Since the design of a carpet outlines itself, children know the boundaries. Sitting on the carpet means that students can easily and quickly be sent to one area where further instruction can take place.

Provide a More Personal Setting

Sometimes classrooms can feel impersonal with students sitting at their own desks in their own area. This is needed for some classroom instruction, testing, and other individual activities. But to bring the class together in a personal setting, the classroom carpet is the ideal place. Students can sit in rows on the rug for story time or sit around the rug for discussion time or an educational game. Classroom rugs become a memory building space for students to get to know each other and the teacher just a little bit better.


Classroom Rugs Create an Area of Separation

For some students, getting some alone time or space from other students is necessary. Having a classroom carpet gives teachers a well defined, outlined, safe area to send a student that needs some momentary space. Teachers can ask a student to “go take a breather” on the carpet and the student can easily understand what he is supposed to do.

Educational Opportunities

There are many different classroom rugs available that are educational. Such rugs as the ABC Caterpillar Rug, Fishing for Literacy Rug, and the Pond Carpet can be used as educational tools. While sitting on the rug, teachers can ask students what letter they are sitting on and then ask them to name things that start with that letter. Teachers can have students line up and hop on the letters that spell their name. The ideas and creative learning moments are endless with classroom rugs of this kind.

A Place For Expression


Some classroom rugs have symbols and signs that allow children to express their feelings and teachers to express their pride in students. For example, there is a Signs of Emotions Rug that allows students to stand or sit on the emotion they are feeling and the teacher can then help the child talk about those emotions. I also like the Motivational Mat Carpet that allows a teacher to send a student who has made a good choice or accomplished a task to the carpet to stand on the thumbs up or smiley face. Giving students a creative way to express themselves is invaluable to teachers.

Any classroom can benefit from a classroom carpet. Teachers and students alike will love the versatility and many options that classroom rugs provide. These rugs truly can become a teacher’s best friend.












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