Do you remember being young and filled with curiosity and excitement? My sweet first graders come in everyday ready to learn, grow and explore! My students love learning through read alouds, music and movement, and any kinds of hands on learning. It is essential that students at this age aren't spending all day long sitting at a desk.
Movement and flexible seating is necessary in keeping my students engaged and excited throughout the day!
Community time on our classroom carpet means students are spending more time moving and engaging with myself and their peers and less time sitting at a desk. This past year I had a carpet that didn't fit all my students, so several students had to sit on the floor. I saw the way this impacted their relationships, focus and learning and that is why I believe it is so important to have a carpet that fits all of my students.
I believe in a classroom where students feel supported and loved. Our classroom rug is a place where we are able to come together as a class and not only learn and grow, but spend time together and build community. When students are on the rug, I am able to give each individual student attention and support by being so close in proximity to them. Carpet time is also a time where students are able to grow with each other. When we spend time in this area, they are enhancing their speaking and listening skills by engaging in conversation, making friends, learning from and with each other and so much more.
It may seem like just a rug, but this rug truly makes all the difference in the way my students develop as learners and people!
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