So it begins again!

At the end of every school year, I take apart my entire room — shelves and all — and store everything so the room can be used for summer camps, etc. That offers me the pleasure (and labor) of setting this up again in the late summer. It really is a joyful task. This year, as alway, I am striving to improve the sacred space – to make it even more welcoming, peaceful, and nurturing.

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I searched far and wide, locally and online, for the right “work-time” rugs. Finally, I decided that the standard rugs were too big for my space, and I saved a lot of money by finding placemats that will serve the purpose. I teach Godly Play every day in a school environment, and have up to 18 children at a time in my room. Spacious as it is, it is too small for the larger rugs used in most Montessori environments. These mats from Pier 1 will mark children’s work space and add a nice, calming, color element to the room.

Likewise, I had struggled for years with covering my bulletin boards with paper. (I did not go to Ed school, so I missed the “bulletin board” class I assume every other teacher had 🙂 ) This year, I found beautiful turquoise batik fabric at Joann’s. It makes a lovely backdrop for my Circle of the Church Year, as well as the two other bulletin boards fixed to the walls in my room. Why didn’t I thin of this before?!

Hope all of you are having a great beginning to your Godly Play year!

About threegreatdays

The Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales is a Godly Play Trainer in the U.S.; an Episcopal Priest; Chaplain at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia; a Godly Play Practitioner since 1996; and a mother and grandmother. Every day I get to be with 400 children at school and on weekends when I'm lucky, with my four terrific grandsons and three lively granddaughters. As a Godly Play practitioner, I want to spread the word about this life-giving, Montessori-based way of nurturing children in the Christian story and life. Godly Play, the creation of the Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman and his wife Thea, is used in many denominations and in many countries, and has been translated into at least seven languages. This blog is not an official publication of the Godly Play Foundation (see but seeks to be a clearinghouse for ideas and experiences of teachers, trainers, and parents. Join the conversation!

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