I would have to say though that one of the biggest headaches that year was “carpet time” without a carpet. The students did not have a sense of personal space. I could not easily assign a spot for them to sit (which we all know is necessary at times). And the hard floor made every one of them complain. Not fun. So I made my biggest ever classroom investment before the end of the year…a classroom rug like this one. It made all the difference.
Fast forward a few years…
My class size has grown. We have not “fit” on our rug since 2009. I have tried having kids share squares (bad idea), used smaller bathroom rugs for individual students, used runners to make an additional row for students, and used a bench for special seating. You make due with what you have and make it work, right? In the picture above, you can see the black runner I purchased this year and taped off with duct tape to make bordered seating for four more students.
Lacking enough space is bad enough. But, years of kids picking at the rug binding while they sat caused some unraveling. As you well know…an unraveling string is just plain irresistible to five year olds…and it has become worse. I was wishing for a new rug and sighing sadly at the cost. Rugs of the size I need run for nearly $500…too much. So I was writing up a new Donor’s Choose project to see if we could get one that way when I was contacted by the folks at Kid Carpet. Sorry…did I squeal when I said that? I will try to subdue my excitement.
KidCarpet.com sells an enormous variety of classroom rugs at the best prices I have ever seen. They own their own carpet mill and provide factory-direct rugs that are very reasonably priced compared to similar rugs sold elsewhere. They sent a classroom rug that seats 24 students and is adorably bordered with the alphabet.
No more runner required…we fit perfectly! No more unraveled binding driving me crazy! The quality of the workmanship on this carpet is beautiful. The binding is very secure and even. It appears to be very durable and stain-resistant (super important in kindergarten). I love the border with the letters and beginning sound pictures. Delivery was fast…the rug was well-wrapped in plastic and not overly heavy for two people to carry. According to information on the KidCarpet.com website, if the binding ever fails they will fix it. I need only pay to ship the rug to them (approximately $20-$70 cost) and they will repair and return the rug for free. Love it!
Click the picture to read more about Kid Carpet and how they are able to provide quality classroom rugs at such amazing prices. I am very impressed with this company. I think you will be too.
Now, onto the best news! Kid Carpet is offering all of my readers $20 off any classroom rug purchase made through August 31, 2013! Just enter coupon code “JLT” to receive your discount. Then enjoy your new rug!