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A Rug for Your Classroom

Updated on April 23, 2015

Alphabet Rug Squares

Alphabet Squares
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Learning starts on the Classroom Rug

The classroom rug is the heart of the classroom. We begin our day on the classroom area rug where we greet each other, have our Morning Meeting and we end our day on the rug with a closing.

When choosing a classroom area rug it is important to think of classroom management. The rug needs to be big enough for all of the children in the classroom to sit comfortably. A rug in the classroom must withstand lots of wear and tear. It needs to be easy to clean and have a non-slip backing.

But maybe the most important thing is that anything in a classroom should be educational and the rugs that I suggest in this article are all educational. Each rug can help to enhance learning for children at each different grade. You will find rugs for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Third Grade.

Come choose the best area rug for your classroom...

Sunny Day Kindergarten Classroom Rug - Best Kindergarten Classroom Rug

Kindergartners are learning their numbers and letters. This large classroom area rug features the numbers 1 to 10 on clouds surrounding a sun. The 26 letters of the alphabet form the border and are ideal for assigning seats. In my classroom we change seats each day. This helps the children learn each of the letters. I have the children's names written on magnets. Each day the children's names are moved down until each child has had a chance to sit on each letter.

Carpets for Kids 9416 Literacy Sunny Day Learn and Play Kids Rug Size: Oval x x, 8'3" x 11'8", Blue
Carpets for Kids 9416 Literacy Sunny Day Learn and Play Kids Rug Size: Oval x x, 8'3" x 11'8", Blue

The Sunny Day oval carpet is the perfect classroom rug for kindergarten because of its simple symmetrical design and its focus on letters and numbers. This classroom rug is made with antibacterial material with a non-slip backing that resists wrinkling. Though this area rug comes in several sizes, I recommend that you purchase the largest one so that you have room for all the children to fit on the carpet.

 

Geometry of Classroom Area Rugs - Which shape is best for a classroom carpet?

   Children on the Rug
Children on the Rug | Source

A Carpet for Learning

The shape of the rug in your classroom can really make a difference in how you manage your classroom. A round or oval rug can help the children find seats in a circle. This is ideal for Morning Meeting and other times when you wish the children to feel that everyone is included in the conversation.

A square or rectangular rug creates more seating space for rows of students to sit for lessons, story hour or other situations where the teacher is conducting lessons.

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Around the Block First Grade Rug - Best Classroom Rug for First Grade

First Graders are learning letters and numbers. This classroom rug has numbers for the children to sit on when gathered for circle time. Each child can be assigned a number to sit on. This will leave the letters in the middle open for letter work.

Sitting on the classroom rug, children can easily see all the letters. Ask three children to stand on the three letters that form the word "cat". Then choose three more child for the next word.

Your classroom run can become an independent learning center as children become more and more familiar with the number and letters. Letters are written in both upper and lower cast letters.

Fun Rugs FT-97 3958 Fun Time Happy Learning
Fun Rugs FT-97 3958 Fun Time Happy Learning

This classroom rug is large enough for 19 children to sit each on a square forming an L shape or for 26 teachers and children to form a circle.

I always try to teach my children not to eat on the rug but you will find that sometimes spills occur. This classroom rug is made from Stainmaster nylon cut pile that will resist stains.

 

Decorate your Classroom with a Rug - Classroom Area Rug Illustrations

Classroom Rug
Classroom Rug

Photo Credit: Circle Time at Wellspring School

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Calendar Time Second Grade Classroom Rug - Calender Rug for the Second Grade Classroom

Children in second grade are learning the months of the year, number of days in a month and which days come before and after each other in the week. The calendar rug is a wonderful math manipulative that will get kids up and active as they arrange and rearrange the carpet squares each month all year long.

Not only is the calendar rug good for creating calendars, It also works wonderfully for graphing. Be sure to purchase the accompanying carpet squares.

Third Graders are learning to Multiply. Having a handy reference will spark interest in learning the times tables. Form a circle around the outside of the Multiplication Rug. The teacher calls out a multiplication problem. One child stands on the product. When all of the numbers in eigher a row or a column are covered the children in that row those children are chosen to do something special. (First to go to recess?) The others looking on can help direct those who need help.

Multiplication Kids Rug - Size 5ft 3in x 7ft 6in
Multiplication Kids Rug - Size 5ft 3in x 7ft 6in

Start back to school with an area rug for your third grade classroom. Third graders are learning multiplication. This classroom rug is the perfect decoration while at the same time doubling as a teaching tool. Made of durable and easy to clean nylon, the Multiplication Classroom Rug has a non-skid backing for added safety. It is available in two sizes. I recommend that you purchase the larger size so that all of the children will fit easily on the rug for circle time.

 

No matter which grade you teach children's classroom rugs define the space for you to gather with your children.

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Carpet Squares - Teaching and Learning with Carpet Squares

Colors and patterns are designed to be fun for children

Carpets are treated with "Carpet Guard" which is comparable to Stainmaster®.

Meets NFPA 253, Class I fire code requirements

The Anti-Microbial treatment minimizes product deterioration and odors

Carpets for Kids 9626 a to Z Fun with Phonics Carpet Squares a to Z, 12" x 12", Blue
Carpets for Kids 9626 a to Z Fun with Phonics Carpet Squares a to Z, 12" x 12", Blue

Phonics Carpet Squares can be used to help children learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet. The vowels, aeiou, use pictures whose names begin with short vowels making it simple for children to transition from sounds of single letters to CVC or three letter words with Short Vowels in the middle.

 

Affordable Classroom Area Rugs - Inexpensive Area Rugs for Classrooms

If you are looking for affordable classroom area rugs you might find the best deal is to check eBay auctions. Sometimes it can be tempting to go for the very cheapest price you can find but with rugs that could mean that the rug easily pulls, is not easily cleaned and may even slip causing wrinkles or tripping.

Here you will find more classroom rugs that foster learning.

Here is my favorite run. As many of you may know, I love teaching with a Frog Theme so the Frog Pond Rug would be my choice for the perfect classroom rug.

Frog Pond Rug

Come on over to the rug to start your day. Sit on a carpet square and discuss your favorite style of classroom rug. What do you find most important in a rug for your classroom? Will you put up with just any old rug or do you want a dual purpose classroom rug that invites your children to learn letters, numbers, multiplication, geography and more.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      these are a wonderful tool, seating and decorative item for a classroom - would be great if every class for young kids had them

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love the design

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      elizabethknows lm 5 years ago

      Very cute concepts.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Love the geography one!

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Classroom rugs are great for story time and for learning. Great idea!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      These are great for libraries too, for the children's area. The ABC one would look good next to a bookshelf full of alphabet books.