"dividers"

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  1. Nicole S.

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    I am in need of some help...due to 2 unsafe shelves I had to toss them. nails were sticking out and edges were no longer safe. I didn't use these so much as storage, as I did for ways to "divide" my classroom into centers. and due to budget cuts, these shelves are not being replaced.

    Here's where I need help: What are some pieces of furniture or other items could I use for dividers, so that my center areas have good defined space? My budget is very low, so looking to beg, barrow or steal (not really, but need it to be safe and cheap)! :)

    Let me know!
     
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    My DH was in charge of a school district warehouse. He was always selling/donating used furniture to the public. I would suggest you contact the school district to see what they might have for sale.
     
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    I used dorm rugs as center definition if your program owns the room you could in theory even paint on the floor....I saw one program paint on the carpet. I wouldn't but it looked good when they did it.

    I have seen pvc stands with fabric over the square like a screen....but I always wondered if those got tipped over. The programs weren't using the screen for anything but i thought that if you used it as a giant flannel board or pockets or something then you could have a purpose besides playing peek in the edges and getting rowdy.

    Just two thoughts.
     
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    Rethink the current furniture arrangement. Two years ago, I took the play kitchen that had always been against the wall and turned it so it became a divider and I put the library corner on the other side. Don't know why I hadn't thought of it before.
     
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    YES! And if you take the kitchen to make a long wall of the rectangle you can take your book rack and make the short wall at the top of the rectangle. My book rack was two sided.....so guess where the books like EVERYONE EATS RICE went? Yep, facing the Kitchen! It was great! Made a little door way for the kids to enter...it was like a real house! I loved it. We used wrapping paper tubes and scarves and made a "ceiling" once.
     
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    I saw several ideas for DIY classroom furniture on PreKinder's blog this morning and thought of this post. As she says, even if you aren't much of a builder, you can ask for volunteers to help out. Some really neat, inexpensive ideas!
     
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    What about using duct tape to tape off the sections?
     
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    You can pick up a very inexpensive clothes rack ($10-15) at Target/Walmart/IKEA and then hang "pockets" of some sort for additional storage OR drape some gauzy, see-through material over it.

    Do you have Freecycle group in your area?

    What about checking at a Salvation Army or other thrift store?
     
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    Another thought... could you repurpose a very large box as a "doorway" by decorating it?

    What about a plastic container wall as a lesson on recycling? Glue together 2-liter soda bottles (families can donate) or gallon milk containers. Then decorate. One classroom in my school made an igloo out of milk containers a few years ago. It was really cool.
     
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    Regular pocket charts and stands work well too.
     
  13. Nicole S.

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    I do have the exact same thing posted above but it's really tall. It works as a divider, but you can't see what children are doing behind it.

    Thanks for all the other great ideas.
     
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    Use a clear shower curtain.
     

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