For children from Nursery to Year 2, carpet time helps the teacher bring children together. Teachers read stories, set their expectations for behaviour and teach from the carpet. By Year 3, I urge you to rethink. Here’s why.
The teacher and supporting adults can only listen and respond to children sitting near them. It makes it harder for teachers to select children with thoughtful responses following partner discussion
The carpet area takes up space near the board forcing tables further back. Some children can’t see the board easily for most of the lesson.
Children can’t make notes or jot down ideas while they are sitting on the carpet. (Whiteboards are messy, time consuming and promote poor handwriting).
You can’t make a quick point from the board if children traipse to the carpet. Every time they move they’ve lost two minutes of lesson time.
Slumped posture causes sluggishness.
Sitting cross-legged is very uncomfortable for many children.