You can find rugs almost everywhere. At home, you can find it accentuating the center table at the receiving room, a good water absorbent and foot wiper outside the bathroom, a comfortable place to have your feet rest while doing some computer related work these and more. For a long time, rugs have been both an ornament and a household utility. And so it is not surprising to see the function of these down to earth simple conceptions in the education of the young minds. How?
In the same way that wall decorations of the classroom were designed in an effort to stimulate and develop young minds, it is also the aim in the creation or development of the classroom rugs. The usage of rugs in the classroom was first mentioned by Mary Ellen Wolfe in a newspaper article on August first, year 1971. A one month pilot program financed with state disadvantaged pupils public funds includes innovations where traditional desks and chairs have been replaced by lounge furniture and there are rugs on the floor so children will relax in class. (Blade; Toledo, Ohio; 1971)
In a local section of a newspaper article, the classroom rug was also mentioned as the writer describes a student. He finds answers about America s first colonists in a history book, and writes them in an old fashioned, black and white composition book. He does this while lying on the carpeted floor under a classroom table. I don t know, but it s peaceful.(Bowers, M; Montessori School under Scrutiny; 2000) Many of the significant and memorable learning experience that people remember are those that they have acquired through a pleasant experience.
The classroom rugs throughout the years have played a part in the classroom, and most of it is the reason for its comfort and space to accommodate a number of children to seat on it while a story is being recounted to them. Today, the classroom rugs does not serve only as a floor accessory to sit unto, but also as a way to teach children.
Like books, the rugs can depict many educational concepts and ideas such as the English alphabet, small and capital letters, mathematical expressions, numbers, stories, animals, profession, and other learning concepts. As such no longer are these rugs an ornament to decorate the classroom floor, but also augment teaching aids and student experience.
Moreover, memory and retainment of these ideas are emphasized through these carpets because while students are playing, they encounter the same printed design on the floor which brings up to their memory previous learnings made. A child who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder is unknowingly being exposed to the same learning concept without him/her realizing that the learning is being reinforced through the presence of the said carpet or rug.
Almost all objects found in one s environment can be utilized for an effective learning experience. It is only up to the teacher on how effectively the learning can be facilitated through the effective and conservative use of these resources that is naturally found in the classroom.