My three and four year old students are an energetic group of children who are experiencing their first exposure to school! My goal is to provide my class with flexible seating options such as balance ball seats, beanbag chairs, wobble chairs, and comfy floor seats to meet their diverse needs and increase their engagement. Additionally, I would like to provide calming jars and noise-reducing earmuffs to students who have sensory needs.

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Flexible Seating and Materials for a Lovable Bunch of "Wiggle Worms"

School:
Chiaramonte Elementary 
Category:
Other 
Teacher/
Administrator:
Carolyn Komperda 
 
200161 
Students Impacted:
15 
Grade Levels Impacted:
Pre-K 
Date:
November 17, 2018

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Only $1,236.24 Needed

 

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Project Goal

My three and four year old students are an energetic group of children who are experiencing their first exposure to school! My goal is to provide my class with flexible seating options such as balance ball seats, beanbag chairs, wobble chairs, and comfy floor seats to meet their diverse needs and increase their engagement. Additionally, I would like to provide calming jars and noise-reducing earmuffs to students who have sensory needs.  

 

How Project Benefits Students

My classroom is a blended pre-k unit meaning that some of the children have been identified with exceptionalities while others are typically developing three and four year olds. My students participate in a variety of classroom activities, including carpet time, table work, and center choice time. During carpet time, the children are involved in both sitting and standing/movement activities. Due to their age and characteristics, many of my students have difficulty attending throughout these portions of the day. Even for an adult, sitting “criss cross applesauce” is downright uncomfortable! While I have been able to provide some of my students with pillows and cube chairs, my more active students would greatly benefit from vibrating cushions or ball chairs. These options would provide my students with the option for motion while seated on the carpet and calm students who need sensory feedback. The comfy floor chairs available at Lakeshore would provide students with low muscle tone with trunk support and allow students to stretch their legs while seated. Calming jars may be used as relaxation tools for students with autism and/or related disabilities. The pre-k classroom is at times a loud environment, leading to anxiety and stress among sound-sensitive students. Noise reducing earmuffs have been found to help these students to manage their stress and feelings of anxiety when in a loud environment.  

 

Expected Outcome(s)

This project involves materials that are non-consumable allowing for many students to be impacted over the course of several years. A student-centered classroom redesign is my goal. Research has demonstrated that flexible seating choices increase students' focus, participation, and comfort. Pre-k is the beginning of a very long school career for children. I wish for my students to have the best foundation possible! 

 

Detailed Cost Summary

All items include shipping charges (if applicable)

Lakeshore: flex space comfy seats (5) and wobble chairs (3): 524.51 (including shipping)

Beyond Play: vibrating seat cushions (3): 114.94 (including shipping

Fun and Function: mini mushy smushy bean bag chairs (4), mushy smushy bean bag chairs (4): 395.92 (no charge for shipping)

Mansion athletics: gymnic sit n' gym therapy ball with built in legs (3): 70.95 (includes shipping)

National Autism Resources: comfort wear ear muffs (5) liquid timer (3), ooze tube (1): 129.91 (no charge for shipping)


 

 

Items

# Item Description Total Cost
1 Flex Space comfy floor seats (5) $304.95
2 Fun and Function Mushy Squishy Bean Bag Chairs (variety of sizes) $395.92
3 Beyond Play: Vibrating seat cushions-set of three $114.94
4 Ball chair with legs (3) $70.95
5 Comfort wear earmuffs (5 pair) $99.95
6 liquid timer/ooze tube (calming jars) $29.96
7 Lakeshore wobble chairs (3) $219.57
  Total: $1,236.24

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