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Ms. Gruenhagen from Sonoma CA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Better Learning With Ball Seating

My students need balance ball seating that moves with them as they wiggle.

  • $312 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My middle school classes are a diverse group of students from various backgrounds. They range from ten to fourteen years old and are brimming with energy.

Many middle-schoolers struggle with sitting in the classroom environment and focusing on lessons.

As their teacher, I do a variety of activities that give students the opportunity to move around. There are times when constant motions" is simply distracting to the other students. Balance balls can be an effective seating option for kids who have a difficult time focusing or staying put in their seats. These helpful self-regulation seating devices provide subtle movement input without students getting up from their seat! The calming (or alerting) movement input makes it easier for many children to focus in the classroom.

My Project

Balance balls in the classroom will give students an option to traditional seating. Middle school students often struggle staying focused in class and wiggle incessantly. This is a natural aspect of this age group. As a teacher, I want work with rather than against their physical nature,

A study by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy stated that for students with attention challenges like ADHD, sitting on balance balls improved behavior and language skills.

This study showed that students using ball chairs were able to sit still, focus, and write more words clearly.

This project will improve both student focus and their learning in my classroom.

Ms. Gruenhagen
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 132 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LA487 - Flex-Space 22" Balance Ball Seat Bundle - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $142.44 1 $142.44
WC218 - Automatic Ball Inflator • Lakeshore Learning Materials $69.99 1 $69.99

Materials cost

$212.43

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$19.44

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.19

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$265.06

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$46.78

Total project goal

$311.84

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$311.84

6 Donors

-$168.42

Donations toward project cost

-$143.16

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$25.26

match offer

-$143.41

Match offer toward project cost

-$121.90

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$21.51

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$0.00

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