Having an organized classroom is essential. Teachers know that Classroom Rugs are a great help in organizing classroom activities but they have other benefits as well. Learn more about how classroom rugs can help your students and use these tips to get them funded. For example, did you know having a rug in your classroom is a great way to promote positive behavior and create a warm and friendly environment. Not only do they add color and style but there are other great reasons that young children will benefit when a commercial quality rug is added to your classroom and included in your classroom management plan.
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Read on to Learn How Classroom Rugs Can Organize Your Classroom & Your Day
Whether you have a preschool classroom or a k-2 early education classroom circle time is probably a routine part of the day in your class. Having a classroom rug helps define the space for carpet time and gives kids an easy to understand place to go when they are called on to go the circle. Many teachers ask “how do I get students to go to circle time?” We have seen it time and again that when there is a defined space for the carpet time kids quickly learn where to go and sit down more quickly and easily.
Whether we like it or not larger class sizes are becoming the norm so it is more important than ever for teachers to have an easy to manage class. Rugs with predefined squares can help also so that kids have assigned seats while on the classroom rug not jut when they are sitting at a table. Some teachers allow kids to choose their own seats so they can sit next to their friends and only take that privilege away when kids misbehave. This is a good strategy for positive behavioral reinforcement and gives kids something to work towards. Other teachers find seat assignments a must to ensure the right mix of personalities are together for the most effective lesson.
Research shows that background noise from inside and outside the classroom negatively affects learning, especially for young children who require optimal conditions for hearing and comprehension. As a result, school districts, voluntarily or by state mandate, are adopting classroom acoustics standards. Carpets helps meet these standards because it is 10 times more efficient in reducing noise compared to other flooring options.
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Rugs cushion the impact of slips and falls and lessens the chance of injury. This is borne out by a study of 225 “slip and fall incidents” from hospital records of older patients. Of the group falling on carpet, only 17 percent sustained injury. In the group falling on hard surface flooring, nearly 50 percent sustained injury. 2 Injuries from falls not only lead to absenteeism, but also pose liability issues for schools.
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Warmth and Comfort
Rugs “feel” warmer in two ways. They provide actual thermal resistance, or R-value. In an independent study, carpet compared to other flooring materials, created a truly warmer building. But beyond the R-value advantage, people perceive that carpet is warmer and more comfortable. Rugs produce a comfortable place for teachers and young students to expand their learning space onto the floor. A majority of public school teachers surveyed said they preferred carpet for its comfort, noise reduction and safety benefits.
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Improved indoor Air Quality
Effective school cleaning has health-related benefits. Carpets trap allergens and other particles that fall to the floor so they don’t circulate in the air. Studies have been done on the distribution of airborne dust associated with normal activities on hard and carpeted flooring surfaces. Their findings showed that walking on hard surfaces disturbed more particles. These particles became airborne and entered the breathing zone. In contrast, carpeted surfaces trapped more particles so that walking disturbed fewer particles, resulting in less dust in the breathing zone.
For more information on selecting appropriate floor coverings for your classroom see the Department of Educations planning guide for planning educational facilities https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/maintenance/chapter5.asp. Once you get to the page search for floor coverings or rugs and it will take you to the section quickly.
If you need help choosing a style or size to fit your space, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help. Our entire collection of classroom rugs can be found on our main classroom rug page.
Here are some videos from teachers who have shared how they use a rug in their classroom