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The littlest learners in my large, stimulating classroom need a place to gather and focus their attention on our music lesson. At this time, the only seating available to them is the risers that the older students use. These pose a balance and coordination challenge for the littles. It is not worth the safety risk to use them at their age. A gathering rug would encourage musical learning for littles by creating a focused learning environment. It would give them a particular spot that is "their spot" to go to as they enter the music classroom. A rug would help define what is their own personal space and that of their classmates. It would create an anchor for busy bodies that want to wander during lessons. It would be the gathering spot for the class to return to after movement exploration activities in other areas of the room. The littles could then quickly and easily make a circle to enable us to take turns and pass instruments. Lack of a "place" to call their spot in the music room causes loss of instructional time. At this time, I lay poly dots down to assign them a spot or to create a circle. With classes back-to-back, there is no time to prep for the next group so the youngest students are entering before I can put their spots out for them. Waiting for me to place poly dots causes delay and loss of attention. Additionally, students often pick them up and rearrange them. Our circle is gone in seconds. Having a rug to gather around would eliminate these time wasters and create more time for students to sing, move, play, and learn.

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The littlest learners in my large, stimulating classroom need a place to gather and focus their attention on our music lesson. At this time, the only seating available to them is the risers that the older students use. These pose a balance and coordination challenge for the littles. It is not worth the safety risk to use them at their age. A gathering rug would encourage musical learning for littles by creating a focused learning environment. It would give them a particular spot that is "their spot" to go to as they enter the music classroom. A rug would help define what is their own personal space and that of their classmates. It would create an anchor for busy bodies that want to wander during lessons. It would be the gathering spot for the class to return to after movement exploration activities in other areas of the room. The littles could then quickly and easily make a circle to enable us to take turns and pass instruments. Lack of a "place" to call their spot in the music room causes loss of instructional time. At this time, I lay poly dots down to assign them a spot or to create a circle. With classes back-to-back, there is no time to prep for the next group so the youngest students are entering before I can put their spots out for them. Waiting for me to place poly dots causes delay and loss of attention. Additionally, students often pick them up and rearrange them. Our circle is gone in seconds. Having a rug to gather around would eliminate these time wasters and create more time for students to sing, move, play, and learn.

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