My students need a comfortable rug time space to maximize their group learning and provide structure to accommodate their disabilities.
"I don't want to come to the rug, it hurts!" Those words are uttered hourly by my 2nd grade students. Without a rug our class is not the idyllic classroom scene with students nestled around the teacher. Without any funds for a rug, we are left with a scrap of thin carpeting that is nearly destroyed.
My students are faced with a variety of challenges, not only because more than 92% of the school qualifies for free and reduced lunch, not only because the school they are in are faced with mounting budget cuts that limit resources, but also because they brains and bodies function a bit differently than the one-size-fits all that curriculum's demand.
Some need repeated reinforcement, others need more hands-on materials, yet others require personalized schedules to orient their bodies and minds for the academic tasks they day may bring.
In my memory of my early childhood classrooms, rug time was a place where I could get comfortable and listen to a story. In our classroom, rug time has become a daily challenge, where I am not able to deliver the new the material,do our daily math routine, or even read aloud. Students are uncomfortable on the thin slice of rug that I could afford. After teacher's choice money was cut from the our district's budget and our school laid off essential staff (like librarians), a rug was not an option for our students. Our current rug was a tentative fix, but is not conducive to learning. Instead of a being a bright, colorful elementary classroom, our current rug is tattered, gray and when the tape comes undone (a weekly battle for me!), it is a hazard. In addition, many of my students have motor disabilities where regulated space is a necessity. With a rug that has adequate padding and a place for everyone, community building and learning on the rug will be reintroduced to our classroom.
With your support, we can eliminate daily struggles, provide necessary structure, and welcome students to a classroom environment that promotes learning.
Coming from a high needs community and learning to cope with their various disabilities, these students already have many barriers to a rigorous education. By replacing our current rug, you can help me remove at least one barrier!
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