Hi, everyone! I'll be a first year kinder teacher next year, and I'm mulling over room arrangment. I already know that I'll have small round tables in my room for the kids. They seat four kids each. I will probably end up having at least five, if not six tables. I taught preschool for many years, and the tables in our room were always used as part of permanent learning centers. One table would be in the writing center, one in the art center, one in the math center...etc. There were multiple activiites in each center that we changed out regularly. The only whole group activities we did were on the carpet. Kids had big cubbies for all their personal items. I have been debating having the same set up in kinder, but I know most teachers cluster the tables in the middle of the room, so that students do whole group activities there. I'm not sure what is going to be required..i.e. worksheets, etc... so I'm not sure how often I would need the kids at the tables altogether. I would love to plan all our whole group times at the carpet, and I can give clip boards if we need to write. it just seems like it would give us a lot more space in the room if everything were more spread out. Does anyone else do this? Does it sound feasible? Or is there too much whole group table work that must be done in kindergarten where I'll need to have the tables clustered together? Any ideas or input would be appreciated.