I have an amazing group of kids with wide ranging abilities. Many of my students love to read, but I have my share of reluctant readers as well. We love hands-on science and art projects. And we're really sharp in math.
Most of my students enjoy school, but not all of them have the home support they need.
My students come from a mixed bag of socio-economic backgrounds. Some families are going through some rough times. For many kids, school is the one safe, stable place in their lives. I want to make it as nice for them as possible.
Reading should be enjoyable, the highlight of the students' day. I encourage my kids to find a comfy spot in the classroom for reading time, but right now there aren't any good options. Students sit at their desks or on the hard, cold floor. No matter how they try, these are not comfortable ways to sit.
It is hard to stay focused on a book when your body is uncomfortable.
I've seen some exciting flexible seating in other classrooms, and I want the same options for my students. I also needed to think about space. I had to look for seating that folded or stacked, so they could be stored out of the way during the rest of the day.
Bungee chairs are bouncy and fun to sit in, and they fold flat for storage. Scoop rockers are so inviting! They cradle the child's body, and they stack when not in use. Comfy floor seats are like padded stadium seats. They offer support for the child's back and can be adjusted to many different angles. These also fold flat. Finally, some children like to lay down to read, and the yoga mats will define their space and keep them off the cold floor. All together, these brightly colored and comfortable options will encourage my students to engage in reading for longer periods of time.
I can’t wait to surprise my class with these new seating options!
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