Kindergarten is a wonderful time for children. For many, they get to experience a real learning-focused classroom for the first time. Preschool lays the groundwork for working in groups, following instructions, and learning through play, but kindergarten is essentially the beginning of the true school experience. A kindergarten teacher who believed that circle time is an essential part of the kindergarten experience wanted to maximize the impact of circle time, and she discovered that the Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats from Koeckritz were the perfect solution.
Circle time is an opportunity for kindergartners to work together while cultivating strong individual learning experiences. However, a large circle that all the students share can become a distraction or even a point of contention. Her new Children’s Crazy Carpet Circle Seats quickly became a functional solution with a few surprising benefits. Children not only had more personal space and independence due to having access to their own carpet circles but also experienced more learning experiences that were simply not possible with one large, shared circle. The teacher started experimenting with new ways to arrange the circle seats, creating fun and engaging activities for the students. The circle seats not only became a regular part of the students’ everyday classroom routine, but also a time for engaging activities like sitting in certain areas based on names, choosing different colors for different reasons, arranging colors in different patterns, and much more.
The children were delighted to play new “games” with their circle seats that reinforced concepts like color identification, following instructions, and working both as a team and individually. This change also came with the added benefit of providing each student with defined personal space, and kindergarten is usually a time when many children are starting to cultivate their own preferences in regard to personal space. The new carpet circles became a functional part of the kindergarten experience, providing the students with more memorable and more engaging activities each day.