Teaching kindergarten, I have learned that children learn better when they have the ability to move often and freely. With that said, I try to incorporate many different opportunities for movement throughout the day. One way I do that is by having daily brain breaks built into our schedule using a website called Go Noodle that allows children to get in a quick dance or movement break.
Another important aspect of my classroom is creating defined spaces where students can work independently at their own comfort.
I try to create a classroom that meets the various needs of my students. By doing so, I believe that more will have higher rates of success.
Small group instruction is crucial at the kindergarten level. Most of students' learning takes place during center time and the ability to meet with the teacher for individualized small group instruction is vital. By having wobble stools in our classroom, students will be able to move while learning.
I have found with the raising rigor in kindergarten classrooms, it is important to allow students time to move and get their wiggles out.
In return, this allows students to focus better during academic times. Wobble stools will allow students to move during learning, if needed, and will help increase their focus during instructional times. Active seating also has other benefits to students as well. Wobble stools help young students build better posture and muscle tone. Active seating also allows more blood flow for students during periods where it is typically lower. Lastly, the stools will be a great tool for engagement, making students excited to come to the teacher table to learn.
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