A Welcoming and Comfortable Classroom


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Patrick is from Montreal, Quebec. He describes the transformation and how he created the welcoming and comfortable classroom:

Bonjour! Since my classroom is our second home I thought it should be welcoming and comfortable. First of all, I changed the color of the walls. They used to be green and I felt it was depressing especially in winter time. I chose yellow because it is bright and stimulating.

Then I talked to my friends and family to find couches for the reading corner. Finally I went to IKEA. They have nice furniture that isn't too expensive and is suitable for use in a classroom.

During the summer I did a lot of thinking about how I wanted to design my classroom. I drew some plans to help me. The most important thing for me was to keep enough room for the reading corner. I wanted to make an environment where kids enjoy reading.

I went back to school 2 weeks before the students returned. It gave me enough time to organize the classroom and see if it was functional. After the students arrived I made a few little adjustments until everything felt perfect.

The children and I really enjoy the classroom. I feel we are more motivated.

At the Open House a child who came to visit my classroom said, "WOW! I have never seen a classroom like this before. So cool!" This was my reward.

Thanks for sharing, Patrick!

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