My school is a low-income, Title One school in Indiana with a diversified group of students. We have a significant number of students who are non-English speaking.
I have 18 kindergarten students with a wide range of talents and abilities.
They are still discovering themselves when it comes to reading and math. I am not only teaching them basic skills like letters, numbers, and shapes, but we are also learning how to work in groups together and how to work independently. I want to teach them how to be life-long learners.
Kindergarten is a new and exciting time for my students and myself. This year, in order to encourage my students to do their best each day, I will be offering flexible seating. Flexible seating means that each student will get to choose their seat based on what works best for them. Five and six year old children, naturally, want to get up and move around when it is time to work. This year I would like to encourage that movement.
These items will allow my students to take more responsibility in their education by learning how to choose what works best for them.
Some of my students will like to stand, so I will have a raised table so those students can stand and work. Some students will choose to sit on the floor with a pillow. Others, however, will choose to sit at a table with some kind of special seat. I am asking for balance balls, wobbly seats, and wobbly stools for students to use while working. The balls and stools can be used while sitting at a table. The wobbly seats can be used sitting at a table or even on the floor. The goal is to encourage kids to wiggle and move, while they work. I want my students to be comfortable and successful this year. I also want them to have fun. I believe we can accomplish all of these objectives by straying away from the traditional desk and chair combination.
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