I was ready to start something new this year after seeing lots of great setups in other elementary classrooms. I wrote a Donors Choose funding request, but it wasn't funded. :( I was still set on trying this out...However, I could not go spend a bunch of money on all the fancy things because I was getting married and taking a honeymoon this summer. That's where ALL of my extra money went this year!
I sat down and listed what I wanted, how it would work/look, and worked with my awesome neighbor teacher (who has always done "working areas", long before "flexible seating" became so popular) on arrangement ideas and logistics for things like backpacks, supply storage, and such.
I bought a few inexpensive items and used other items of mine from past years or that we already had at school.
|Our "kneeling" table and Ikea pillows|
Total spent on this area: $24.00 If you already have suitable pillows, then this would be FREE for you!
|Tall/Standing Table with Ikea stools|
Total spent on this area: $0 (stool prices coming later)
|Good ol' desks with school-issue chairs.|
Total spent on this area: $0 (and I used a piece of my furniture from years ago that I just didn't want to get rid of!)
|Rectangle table with Ikea stools and school-issue chairs.|
Total spent on this area: Six Ikea (Marius) stools (throughout the room)-$30.00
|Orange tiger and purple cow camp chairs|
Total spent on this area: Four camp chairs-$28.00
|Two Ikea rugs for floor work|
Total spent on this area: Two Ikea rugs-$20.00
|Hooks for backpacks and coats|
Total spent on this area for me: $28.00, but FREE for you if you already have a coat/backpack rack!
$78.00 if you already have pillows and a backpack area
$102.00 with cute Ikea pillows
$130.00 if command hooks are needed
And, that's it! I'm so happy with my room. I feel like I have so much more open space after getting rid of two big rectangle tables and moving my bookcases around. The kids are champs at choosing and using their working spaces appropriately. I may add other types of seating in the future, but this is working wonderfully well and the kids are happy and busy! I'd love to hear about other budget-friendly options that you are using with your students, too! I'd also love to answer any questions that you may have if you're ready to try this!