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How Circle Rugs Can Improve Seating Options in the Intermediate Classroom

Intermediate classroom teachers face many challenges. Fifth graders are at a pivotal time in their educational careers; they are transitioning out of early education and into the middle school years. A fifth-grade teacher with 28 students in the classroom strived to improve the learning experiences in her classroom. Her aim was to provide students with new and intriguing experiences that presented information in more engaging ways. This not only leads to higher engagement among students, but also increases information retention by creating more memorable learning experiences.
 
 
As a result, the teacher often had multiple lessons and activities happening at once. One of the challenges she faced was appropriate seating arrangements that allowed students to learn comfortably while enabling multiple lesson formats. Some of the types of searing options she tried including:
 
  •   Stadium seating. The teacher arranged desks in angled rows, hoping to alter the perspective for each lesson and keep the children focused. This didn’t work out as she felt that some of her students were simply too far away during each lesson.
 
  •   Modified horseshoe. Next, the teacher arranged the desks in a horseshoe shape. While this saved space and allowed the teacher a wide teaching space in the middle of the students, she found that the opposite-facing desks created distractions.
 
  •   Group seating. The solution came with group or team seating, with groups of desks joined together to form multiple islands throughout the classroom. This worked the best, and the teacher decided to take it a step further.
 
The teacher ordered Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats to provide alternative seating options for different activities throughout the school day. She found that this created the most comfortable stations throughout the classroom, allowing her to maintain her differentiated teaching style and providing each student with equal attention and access to lesson material without creating distractions.                                                                                                                                                                                         Unique teaching styles can provide students with more memorable and engaging learning experiences, and the right seating can empower and motivate students by providing them with comfortable spaces during each school day.
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Tips for Using Circle Seats in the Preschool Classroom

Anyone who can recall their time at preschool will likely have fond memories of circle time. Children gather around a carpeted circle to listen to stories, play games, and learn through play. However, such a simple thing can be a challenge if you’re the one in charge. Imagine a preschool teacher searching for a way to convene her room of three-year-old students for circle time in an inviting and comforting way. The classroom she’s working with features a large rug in the center of the floor where the preschoolers would gather for circle time, but the teacher quickly learned that circle time can just as easily drive children apart as it can bring them together. Moving chairs and managing personal space isn’t easy for the little ones. For one preschool teacher, she found the answer. 
Preschool years tend to be when most children start developing their sense of personal space. The preschool teacher noticed that while her room was arranged for optimal learning experiences, circle time was quickly becoming a chore, even causing arguments at some points as children started bickering over their favorite spots. The teacher wanted a solution to quell circle time disruptions while maintaining an atmosphere focused on learning.
   
 
The teacher decided to try the Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats Rainbow Multi Set of 18-inch round rugs. Each student received his or her own circle rug, and the teacher instructed the students to gather in a circle, each on his or her own personal rug. This was an easy instruction to follow, providing the students with a sense of structure and routine while simultaneously providing them with personal space. This new form of circle time became an everyday expectation and part of the school day routine. The teacher was able to use the circles as additional lessons, sometimes instructing the students to choose different colored circles on different days. This helped with color identification, waiting to take turns, and following instructions within a group.
The teacher’ new Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats Rainbow Multi Set quickly became much more than just a means of organizing circle time better but also a valuable part of her student’s early education, helping them adjust to the classroom setting with more personal space and enriching activities that enhanced every school day.
circle seats
How Circle Rugs Can Improve Seating Options in the Intermediate Classroom
circle seats
Tips for Using Circle Seats in the Preschool Classroom