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  • Cooper Elementary School
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Half of students from low‑income households

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I have been teaching for 28 years, 25 of them in kindergarten. An important part of my teaching includes an area with a large rug. We start and end our day on the rug. It is a tool that provides boundaries and a sense of community. As a whole group, we learn all the subjects- starting on the rug. It is where kids use their imaginations and develop social skills to create block cities, complete big floor puzzles, and exercise during brain breaks. A large area rug is the anchor in our classroom, so it needs to be safe and effective. The rug I currently have has seen better days since it has been in use for 18 years. It looks dirty and can be a source of distraction and mess when kids pull on the frayed edges. The squares are too small for their bodies to sit without touching each other. When kids have enough space to sit comfortably without impinging on others' personal space, there are fewer behavior issues and more focused learning.

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I have been teaching for 28 years, 25 of them in kindergarten. An important part of my teaching includes an area with a large rug. We start and end our day on the rug. It is a tool that provides boundaries and a sense of community. As a whole group, we learn all the subjects- starting on the rug. It is where kids use their imaginations and develop social skills to create block cities, complete big floor puzzles, and exercise during brain breaks. A large area rug is the anchor in our classroom, so it needs to be safe and effective. The rug I currently have has seen better days since it has been in use for 18 years. It looks dirty and can be a source of distraction and mess when kids pull on the frayed edges. The squares are too small for their bodies to sit without touching each other. When kids have enough space to sit comfortably without impinging on others' personal space, there are fewer behavior issues and more focused learning.

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