I will start next year with 30 students--23 boys and 7 girls. I will need to change activities often to give them a chance to move around and wiggle. One great opportunity for movement is to move to the rug. This will be a beautiful and educational rug.
Our students are mostly kids from the country.
They love to come to school because it's a chance to be with their friends whom they maybe didn't see all summer. Our school is also a small school with an enrollment of about 150 students. It's hard for our parent/ teacher group to raise large amounts of money to fund extras for the classroom with so few students to do the fundraising. In addition to being a small school, it is also a low income school with approximately 35% of students receiving free or reduced lunches. York students appreciate the extras and are always polite and gracious for anything extra they may receive.
This rug of the world will be used at least two times every day as I will use it as a space for children to move to when I read aloud to them. I will also move them to the rug for new material or if we need to have a class meeting or discussion. Students in second grade start to make connections between themselves and others in the world. This rug will be an ideal match to assist with those connections. Children will also find the rug to be a cozy place to lay and read during "read to myself" time. I love how the rug has the continents, oceans, and animals on it. Once I explain the meaning of continents, oceans, and other map features, I envision my students using their free time to investigate these things on the rug. Next, they'll make a connection to the globe that sits in my room, and finally, students will really have a picture of the world and how we are all connected .
The kids coming into my room are a lively group and I will need to make allowances for much movement throughout the day.
This rug will be a great space for learning and it provides an excellent chance to say, "Move to the rug!", which will allow my 30 students (remember 23 boys and 7 girls) a nice chance to stretch, and switch gears for a different activity or a different kind of learning. The world map on the rug is a bonus and will help to learn how we fit in the world.
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