Help me give my students a jellyfish chair for more kinesthetic learning options.
My community is nestled in the woods on the very outskirts of a military facility. Often times overlooked by travelers, we pride ourselves on lending a helping hand to neighbors & military families and raising our children in the ways of community service and gratitude. Our school reflects this ideology in the way we raise our students to care for each other through respect and honesty.
We want to prepare our students to be 21st-century citizens by teaching them core competencies such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration through STEM and STEAM based lessons.
Our goal is to remember and use the cornerstones of the past to help us navigate our future. Embracing a 21st-century learning model requires us to create learners who take intellectual risks, foster resilient learning dispositions, and nurture school communities where everyone is a learner.
Kindergarten is a wonderful and magical time for every five year old student. It's a time to discover how to properly communicate with others, a time to develop a love for learning, and a time to learn key gross motor skills. Sadly, kindergarten standards are becoming so strenuous that children are only allotted 20 minutes of recess/play time per day resulting in an increase in behavior disruptions, reduced time for fine & gross motor skills, and a general 'sluggish' demeanor in the afternoon.
I want to transform my classroom into safe space where students want to take intellectual risks.
In order to do this I need to find what kind of seating is going to be safe for them to use, is durable, and will allow them to fidget yet stay focused. I've tried some different seating options in the past that lead to children tipping over or becoming too distracted by the apparatus to focus on the work that needed to be done. With 1/3 of my class being on an individualized education plan for different reasons, I need to be extra creative in finding options that will work for all of my students.
Please help me in my pursuit of finding the perfect flexible seating option for my class. I realize this is a small project and that I'm only asking for one Jellyfish Seat, but I want to make sure it'll work before I ask for a class set. Thank you so much for your generosity and for helping my little learners stay active and passionate in their learning!
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