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Mrs. Phinney from Sharon MA is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bounce, Wiggle or Sway in First Grade!

My students need the ability to rock, wiggle, sway and bounce their way through their first grade day! The Glow Stools and Sit and Play seating options will truly allow students to maximize their learning.

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My Students

Hi there! My name is Kristen Phinney and I have had the privilege of being a teacher for 17 years. My journey began in special education and I recently transitioned to first grade where I have been blessed by being able to use all my skills from my previous role to recognize the developmental learning needs of my first grade students.

Our classroom welcomes the idea of alternate seating throughout the day, which is what this project is based off of.

Students have the opportunity to sit on beanbags, rocking chairs, stadium seats, circle disks and whatever I have been able to purchase to provide students with these options. Developmentally, first grade students needs to move and cannot remain in a seated position for more than 10-15 minutes. Alternate seating options will provide students with the freedom to move while they learn.

I have found that when students have the freedom to move, wiggle, bounce, and sway, they have increased attention, more confidence in what they are doing and can sustain themselves more appropriately in the classroom. This lends to more time on learning and less trips to the bathroom and nurse. Please consider sponsoring our class. Thank you.

My Project

Wobble chairs and therapeutic bounce chairs have proven effective in increasing student attention, time on task, and overall learning. Our first grade friends are being asked to sit for increasing amounts of time as the curriculum becomes more complex. Students need the freedom to choose their seating that is the best match for their learning style.

Our first graders are eager and active and are, developmentally, not supposed to sit for long periods of time.

Alternate seating provides the opportunity to wiggle, bounce or sway while they are focused on their learning. Our classroom promotes self-confidence and welcomes a variety of learning styles. We realize that "Everyone gets what they need." The hope is with increased options for seating, students will be able to move about while they are engaged in their education.

We hope you are as passionate about flexible seating as we are and can help us if you are able! Thank you in advance for considering sponsoring our classroom project!

Mrs. Phinney

Grade One Teacher

Sharon Public Schools

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Regency 1640BE Glow 17" Stool, Blue • Amazon Business $59.82 5 $299.10
Regency 1640RD Glow 17" Stool, Red • Amazon Business $59.46 5 $297.30
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Inflatable Balance Ball Desk Chair With Stability Legs - Flexible Classroom Seating, Blue, 45cm • Amazon Business $16.98 5 $84.90
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Inflatable Balance Ball Desk Chair With Stability Legs - Flexible Classroom Seating, Lime Green, 45cm • Amazon Business $16.98 5 $84.90

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