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Ms. Engelson from Reading MA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Because The Recycling Bin Is A Great Reading Spot, But...

My students need more flexible seating options to keep them comfy!

  • $486 goal

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My Students

I have a fresh crop of 3rd graders coming to me this fall, and I am so excited to get to know them all right from the start. 3rd grade is a big deal at our school. It is the first year kids are eligible for our schools talent show, the annual fun run, and most exciting of all, they get to be the "big buddy" for the first time.

Setting each student up for success from day one is so important.

A great start leads to a confident year full of learning. Although one school year has just ended, my eyes are already on what I can do to give my future students everything they need.

My Project

After reading an article titled, "Why the 21st Century Classroom May Remind You of Starbucks", and then looking around my classroom full of assigned seats for each student, I got to thinking. Why is it that we, as teachers, force our students to hunker down in a tiny desk and do all their work there all day every day? I invariably notice that when I have kids sitting at their desks, the noise level is higher, and the work completion lower. While I have always been flexible in where I allow my kids to work, it is time to give them more clear options, other than just "spread to a good work space".

Walk in to my classroom and you will see kids on counters, standing at a shared standing desk, laying on the rug, or (everyone's favorite) sitting in the recycling bin while working.

They love the opportunity to find a spot that is comfy, quiet, and best suits their needs.

I want more options for my students. I am looking to add stools, comfy pillows, lap desks, kneeling pads, and stability balls to their list of choices. To aid in the organization of this flexible seating, each student will have a plastic bin to house all of their school supplies.

Your donation to this project will make my 3rd graders work environment more natural, comfortable, and productive.

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC189 - Comfy Pillows - Set of 5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.00 1 $129.00
Storex Book Bins, 11-Inch, Assorted Colors, 30 Bins (STX70105U06C) • Amazon Business $75.14 1 $75.14
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75" Height, 11.75" Width, 11.75" Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $51.09 1 $51.09
Kids Lap Desk Tray, Portable Activity Table, Green • Amazon Business $21.77 2 $43.54
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Lime Green, 45cm • Amazon Business $19.98 2 $39.96
Yes4All Wooden Wobble Balance Board – Exercise Balance Stability Trainer 15.75 inch Diameter - Black - ²DB6FZ • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Set of 4 - Foam Kneeling Pads Garden Knee Mat / Gardening Seat Cushion • Amazon Business $8.98 2 $17.96

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