Congratulations to the classroom carpet contest winners!
- Denise Wilson
- Jennifer Sinclaire
- Carol Patterson
Note: If you didn't win and plan to order a carpet, use discount code "corkboard" to get $10 off!
What is it about a colorful carpet that can transform a sterile classroom into a warm and cozy place to learn? The perfect carpet becomes a focal point for the classroom and a comfy place for kids to gather for instruction. Classroom carpets are not just for little ones, either. Even my 5th graders loved to spread out on the carpet for independent reading or learning games.
A few days ago I was contacted by Jim Banks, owner and founder of KidCarpet.com. His company creates beautiful, high quality carpets for the classroom, and he offered to give away a carpet to THREE different followers of this blog! I looked at the selection of classroom rugs he offers, and I was totally impressed. They are gorgeous and very durable. How could I turn down an offer like that? The winners will be able to choose any carpet up to 7'6" by 12' in size and worth up to $279! What a generous offer!
Why Every Classroom Needs a Carpet
I asked my Facebook fans to share why they love their classroom carpets and how they use them. Wow! Over 350 people responded enthusiastically! My favorite response came from Kathy Nee-Brown whose words inspired the title of this blog post. Kathy wrote,
"Comfy, colorful, carpets...they create a classroom community, a place where children can sit, listen, talk and build connections. In kindergarten, the carpets are learning areas where children learn alone or with friends. A classroom without a carpet is like a bed without a pillow, not quite comfy enough."
- Alyssa Gagnier shared, “I do ALL my teaching from my carpet and cannot imagine teaching in a classroom without one. I find students are more attentive when sitting at the carpet because of their close proximity to the teacher. I like sitting around my carpet with my students to share ideas and talk about our day. A carpet is an essential in any classroom!”
- Shellie Leveratt wrote, “Community gathering place! Comfy reading place!! Students sit in pairs, not assigned spots, but partner arrangement helps with management. I love that I can see each student’s face!”
- Jolene Maynard explained, “I teach grades 2-5 in a Christian School and I use the rug for centers, independent quiet reading or work, listening to tapes or cd's, cooperative buddy work, and we even do calendar and Bible devotionals on the rug, as well as reviewing group concepts or doing a read aloud. It also helps students to get a chance to change locations throughout the day instead of sitting at their seats or a table for the whole day.”
Ready for the Giveaway?
Are you convinced that you HAVE to have a classroom carpet and not just any carpet? If your heart is set on one from Kidcarpet.com, it's time to enter the giveaway! Just complete the Rafflecopter form below. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions before you submit your entry. You may only take each action once; multiple entries from the same person or IP address will be disqualified. Three winners will be selected on Monday morning, April 7th after 10 pm EDT when the contest ends, and they will be notified by email. Because of shipping costs, this contest is only open to educators in the contiguous United States. (If you live outside the contiguous US and are willing to pay the shipping fee if you win, feel free to enter but the cost will be very high.)
One of the options in the giveaway is to promote it, so please tell your colleagues at school about it, share about it on Facebook, pin the image at the top of this page, and help spread the word! I can't wait to see who ends up with one of those cozy, colorful, carpets!
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