I am a Title I teacher in a small, rural school district. I work exclusively with kindergarteners. They come to me because they are struggling and significantly behind in the core areas of reading and math.
My students arrive at my door with various barriers to learning already in place at this very early age.
Most are below poverty level and come from homes with broken or blended families. Many arrive not having the academic support they need from family members and so have never learned to value education.
What many of these students need most is a caring adult who will invest time and effort in them in an environment that is safe, comforting, and engaging. Unfortunately, this does not happen regularly and because of this they have fallen behind their peers in academic progress. So begins their lengthy journey of trying to make up the lost ground created by the circumstances of their lives.
Being seated in a chair all day requires a lot of focus from our little ones! That is why we offer seating choices that will help them stay focused on their learning tasks. Many students love to sit at our tables that have been lowered to 12" above the floor. They like being able to sit on their knees or with their legs "criss cross applesauce". Being able to wiggle on the floor frees up their mind to focus on their lessons.
Flexible seating offers students a lot of freedom, but is only helpful if it is comfortable enough for them to not be distracted by the hardness of the floor!
These floor cushions will allow students to be on the floor where they like to be, and yet be comfortable enough to stay focused on their learning.
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