One day I will have a house where my bedroom is huge, but my actual bed is in a nook with a window, and covered / blocked from the room with curtains. The rest of my room will be reserved for non-sleeping purposes.
I like the idea of the wood like fence. You could have one pannel for every child in your classroom and then use it as a growth chart for toddlers. When the child moves up or leaves the centre you can give it to the parents. Use Pallet wood.