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Mrs. Martin from Newburgh NY is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Wobbling Out the Ants in our Pants!

My students need ways to expel excess energy during the instructional day and the wobble chairs and balance balls will help do just that.

  • $1,363 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students live in a city that was ranked 14 out of 100 for the most dangerous cities in America in 2015. Many of my students are homeless, some move many times during one school year and others come from affluent families. The entire district receives free breakfast and lunch.

Our surroundings will NEVER define our students', abilities, who they are, or who they will become.

We encourage our students to take learning seriously. We believe that they can overcome all challenges and succeed. Our students feel safe when they are at school. They can be successful, they can achieve great things, and they will receive a phenomenal education. Our school district has many exceptional programs to help our students succeed. We currently offer a two year associates degree program which students will earn upon completion of high school!!

Our school has a large play ground in which our students are able to run around and interact with their peers.

When planning class trips we incorporate outdoor excursions including environmental centers and hiking opportunities. Many of us extend our classrooms to the outdoors.

My Project

Our classroom is an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. Our student population consists of general education students and students with Individual Educational Plans. Having Wobble Chairs and Balance Balls in our classroom helps alleviate some of the Ants in Their Pants and helps with learning. My students were able to increase their reading and math skills to above grade level marks due to the allotment of constant movement during instruction. Out of 22 kindergarten students 18 left reading on or above level, that is an 82% success rate! I am confident that adding additional seating options to our classroom will increase this rate of success.

Some kids just have to keep moving!

Their muscles crave activity, making it difficult for them to sit still for long periods of time or focus on seated activities. Having Floor Cushions and Portable Writing Tables allows for further movement within the classroom. Because active seating lets kids move and adjust themselves in a non-disruptive way, they burn off excess energy and get the stimulus their muscles are looking for, making them more attentive in class. Since the Plastic Stack Stools are lightweight, my students are able to carry them to any part of the classroom, giving them more flexible seating options. And once again, the movement creates more attention to the activity at hand. When looking for a relaxing area to read and pair-share, students can find the Big Joe Roma Chairs area of the classroom to work together comfortably.

One last benefit of active seating: It’s not just for children with special needs. Anyone can benefit from this kind of seating as a way of staying healthier and more engaged in all kinds of seated activities. Thank You in advanced for helping us move as we learn!

Mrs. Martin
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kore Patented WOBBLE Chair | Now with Antimicrobial Protection | Stem Flexible Seating | Made in the USA - Active Sitting for Kids - Purple - Kids (14in) • Amazon Business $66.49 5 $332.45
Big Joe Roma Bean Bag Chair, Sapphire • Amazon Business $49.80 4 $199.20
Norwood Commercial Furniture NOR-1101AC-SO Plastic Stack Stools, 17.75" Height, 11.75" Width, 11.75" Length, Assorted Colors (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $51.02 3 $153.06
ECR4Kids SoftZone Floor Cushions with Handles, 2" Deluxe Foam, Square, Assorted, (6-Pack) • Amazon Business $70.00 2 $140.00
ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Blue • Amazon Business $31.19 4 $124.76
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Blue, 45cm • Amazon Business $19.43 5 $97.15
Trideer Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion with Pump, Extra Thick Core Balance Disc, KIDS Wiggle Seat, Sensory Cushion for Elementary School Chair (Office & Home & Classroom) (34cm Purple) • Amazon Business $12.99 5 $64.95

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