First grade is a year of challenge and wonder as children learn to read fluently. Over half of my students are from low-income families and I usually have several ESOL students each year as well.
Our classroom has many learning spaces - stations, desks, teacher table, etc.
- but the heart of the classroom is our educational floor rug. The rug is where we meet for cooperative learning, reading buddies, and whole group learning. It is a place for bonding during classroom meetings. It is a place to develop a life-long joy of reading while enjoying read-alouds and participating in student book clubs. New readers are very excited about practicing this new skill together!
The group time rug is more than just a place to learn together...It is the heart of the classroom. Buddies reading together, cooperative learning activities, morning classroom meetings all take place in this space. The well-defined squares help students share space and respect individual space as well. It provides a clear way to give instructions about location and movement. It gives the opportunity to create one large group or several small groups.
The rug we have currently has been well-loved for many years.
These years are visible in worn spots and stains. A bright clean rug will be very inviting.
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