I love this quote. I have started living by it. This year I started taking more risks and started to try things that I may not have tried before
This year was the first year that I implemented several different types of alternative seating. I had been reading articles by Kayla Delzer and by The Kindergarten Smorgasboard and agreed with everything that they were saying. I somewhat started with this in 2014 when I started purchasing Isokinetic Discs for all my chairs. Last year each kindergarten classroom was given some soft seating (couch, pillows and wobble stools). This year, I added more options.
Some of my kids just used clipboards and found a spot to work.
Some kids sat at a table.
We had Wobble Stools.
I also had crate seats but can't find a pic of those right now.
I did try to avoid things that could spread lice. We didn't have comfy pillows, stuffed animals or bath mats in our rooms like other classrooms do. I think those are all great ideas, I was just a huge freak when it came to lice. I have it in my room every year....and I try to prevent spreading it.
I had tri-display stands that kids could bring to their spots to work. It had our writing process, our sight words, letters of the alphabet, numbers, color words, etc. Each kid also had a plastic pouch that had their writing materials in it. Kids had no excuses to get up because they had everything they needed with them.
I can honestly say that alternative seating options helped my class so much. They were more productive. Not only were they more on task, but the kids were better behaved. They had their own personal space and they liked choosing where they could sit. The whole atmosphere seemed so much calmer. I would definitely try this if you are considering it.