Spring break may sound like an odd time to redecorate your classroom, but it is actually a great time. The prices are lower because of the discounts on last fall’s furniture and students can give their feedback after they come back to class. In a sense, you get a test run on your decorating decisions before next year. The question is how to decorate and what to consider when doing so. Here are some tips.
Activity tables provide a blank canvas for teachers to fill with exciting and meaningful lessons.
While a table is a basic classroom tool, the creativity of the educational exercises that can be done on these surfaces are what makes them a special learning area for children of all ages. Teachers can take advantage of activity tables by encouraging their students to engage in hands-on lessons that can boost their scholastic experience. Below are 3 activity table uses that will enhance your student’s education.
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Exposing children to famous artists at an early age is an excellent way to inspire a life long love of art. Incorporating a variety of activity table projects can reinforce a students understanding of the different artistic methods used by an artist. One such example is exploring Michelangelo’s experience of creating the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling. After explaining that Michelangelo had to paint the ceiling by standing and looking upwards on a scaffold raised high above the ground, allow the children to explore this technique in a slightly modified manner.
Classroom activity tables have never had so much variety. With the multitude of teaching styles and teaching environments, there is much need for diversity in the school activity table market. Varying sizes, shapes, materials, finishes and more make up the hundreds, if not thousands, of available activity tables.
Online and catalog wholesale furniture dealer, Worthington Direct, has many activity tables to choose from for school, church and early childhood centers. The most common activity table is a rectangular shaped, laminate top, adjustable height table that are often a favorite of teachers and educators. But what about those very specific tables; what are they used for?
A new growing trend is the anti-microbial table options that come about in an attempt to keep flu and germs from spreading among school students. These tables feature germ destroying technologies that help keep classrooms free from harboring germs. Many schools use these tables, as well as churches, universities and those setting up displays in public settings.
Another unique activity table is the collaboration station tables that allow students a creative shaped table that allow them to work together and have their own independent space. These activity tables are especially popular in the younger school grades for group work, discussion and art projects.
Look for activity tables that suit you specific needs. For instance if you have a lot of wood trim in your space, consider a solid wood table. If you need additional storage in your classroom, try a table with storage bins located just under the table top. Always measure your room and allow at least 3 feet of space for easy entry around the table.
Choosing the right activity table for you and your students can be a challenging experience. A wide variety of high quality manufacturers make activity tables, and if your heart is set on a certain style, you may still have a long list of tables to review. Worthington Direct offers activity tables ranging the entire spectrum of needs for elementary school tables, middle school classroom tables and high school student tables. Library tables and art room tables are not left out – many multipurpose school tables can function both in the classroom and in libraries, art rooms and other places throughout the school. Be sure to see Wikipedia’s entry for Tables and the government’s requirements for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act compliant) tables.
Table height Perhaps the most important aspect of your table is how tall it is. Almost all activity tables have adjustable height legs. Preschool height adjustable activity tables won’t be tall enough for your 4th graders, and an adult height table, even at it’s lowest setting, will come to your toddler’s chin when seated. Most preschool height tables are adjustable from 15 or 16″ to 23 or 24″
Top Thickness School Activity table tops come in a wide variety of thicknesses. From mobile folding tables featuring steel frames with 3/4″ thick table tops to stationary tables with thick, 1-3/4″ table tops that provide a presence of stability to the room. Longer activity tables such as those from Royal include under-table steel supports that prevent table sag, even under load on extremely long tables. Thin table tops tend to cost less, while thick tabletops add an air of elegance of permanence to your classroom or early childhood center.
Table Color Perhaps the most visible aspect of your student’s classroom activity tables is the color. Some teachers may choose to go with the classic medium oak school table tops. Other popular colors are Light Oak and Walnut (dark wood). Early childhood teachers or teachers with school spirit may order a color table that matches their school or room’s colors. Color tables can be ordered in almost any combination, but the most popular option is a Gray Nebula top with a colored band. Gray nebula does an excellent job of hiding any scratches or scuffs your school’s activity table may endure over the years, while keeping your classroom looking neat and clean.