Okay, now that you’ve come through the door, we are ready to get down to the floor.
- For little kids get one with the ABCs, roads (like a map), or colorful pictures. The one in the picture is an English-Spanish one.
- Older kids might enjoy the states or a checkers/chess board (but then you need the pieces to go with it).
- A colorful welcome mat by your outside door is nice.
- My first year teaching I was broke, but I did find someone selling brand new carpet sample squares at a yard sale for a quarter each. So I duct-taped a bunch of them together (on the back) in an interesting pattern for our Book Nook. Worked out great!
A Place to be Messy You might not be too keen on making paper mache dinosaurs if your room is covered in wall-to-wall carpet. Hopefully, you have some floor space for these messy projects, but if you don’t, make some.
- If you have a lot of cash at your disposal, you could cover a corner of your classroom in those plastic office mats (the ones people put under wheelie chairs to keep them from damaging the carpet).
- If you are short on cash (uh, yeah, I’m a teacher, duh!) you could buy one of those bright blue tarps and tape it down with brightly colored duct tape.
- In a pinch, get painting tarps (those really thin plastic ones). Not great, but they are cheap and big. Good for a one time project – get ’em messy, throw ’em out.
A Final Thought If you teach little kids, take a minute to get down on the floor (you probably do this a lot a lot during the school day. Try it when your students aren’t around). Look around. This is the view your students have. Make sure it is a good one. Sometimes things that look fine from up above don’t look so great from down below. Next week, we’ll be exploring desks, tables, and chairs, oh my!Classroom Cooking Any Book Literature Questions Grades 1-3