Thursday, November 3, 2011

Stability ball chairs


For the past 3 years, my students have been sitting on yoga balls, instead of chairs.  I got rid of all of the chairs in my room except for by our computer stations.  Why would I make this move?  What are the benefits?

In my second year of teaching kindergarten, I had a class of 18 boys and 6 girls.  Yikes!  They were a BUSY bunch and I needed to incorporate even more movement into our day.  That was also the year that I has a student with ASD in my room.  I attended many special education trainings and professional development on movement in the classroom (also the topic of my Master's thesis).  I met a teacher in our county that has been using yoga balls in her room for chairs and had incorporated yoga breaks throughout her day.  This was it- a light bulb went on!  This was my solution.  Unfortunately, I couldn't secure funds in time to benefit my class that year, however the special education department gave me a grant to purchase a class set, based on my research.  I studied the work of Eric Jensen along with many others.  Through his research, I also found the support for recess and movement breaks benefiting learning and achievement.  Here are links to some research references and a Jensen article that is user friendly (for us non-brain scientists!).

Reference list for Play & Movement (download file - the Google view looks weird, but the file is good)

Jensen article link
Recess document link

There are 3 main purposes for using the ball chairs and incorporating movement into the classroom:
  1. Movement increases blood flow to the brain, which is better for brain function (and learning!).
  2. Movement helps children "get the wiggles out" which aides their natural need to move.  This helps them focus by expending the excess energy they build up throughout the day.
  3. Sitting on a stability ball supports and builds their core mucles.  Pediatritians are finding that children in the last 10 years are suffering from poor core strength due to the pratices that are used while they are infants and small children (swings, back to sleep, car seats/ carriers, strollers, activity rings).  They are not developing the same strength as previous generations.  This also helps develop large motor muscles, which support small motor muscles (think writing and hand strength).

The following year, I introduced them to my kindergartners right away, beginning with a safety lesson and creating a list of procedures.  Here is the list we made this year with first graders this year  (similar each year- not by chance!).

The changes in my classroom were noticeable within the month!  They had more stamina during work times and their negative behaviors were reduced (getting up, playing around, etc.).  I have recieved so much positive feedback from students and parents.  I also get parent requests for my class because they believe in the theory and want this for their child. 
 
My current 1st grade room- one of the rare times
that the balls are neat! Front of the room.
The back of our room.
At night, we put the ball on the table using clear frisbees. 
These are my old tables.

In my old room, a shot of student working at
                                       literacy stations.

There are a few drawbacks... I cannot use chair pockets for storage, guest teachers get sea sick when teaching a room off bouncing kids, and the balls seem to escape out our door at times.  Other than that- I LOVE them.  I wouldn't give them up unless I was forced to :) 

Here is a news report done on our classroomtwo years ago:

Let me know if you have tried similar alternative seating solutions!

82 comments:

  1. I wrote a grant last year that allowed me to purchase a set of 6 stability balls for the classroom. I finally received the balls 2 weeks ago and have been using them ever since. I pick 6 names from a list each week and those are the students that get the ball for the week. I do have a couple of the children that are not doing as well on the ball as in a chair. They are less focused and their work production is not increasing. I wonder if this would change if I had enough balls for each child to have a ball all the time. I am also trying to deal with the noise of the balls as they move on the floor! I was not prepared for the "squeaking sounds" coming from the ball. The yoga ball I purchased from Walmart does not make noise, however, the ones from Gopher make a LOT of noise. I've also had one child that asked for his chair back. All that being said, I'm happy with the balls for most of the children and am looking forward to continuing to see how the kids progress.
    Thanks for sharing your research! It helps a lot!

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    1. Would you happen to have an example of the grant proposal you wrote. I will be a first year teacher and am very interested in this but am not familiar and have no experience with writing grant proposals.

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  2. Thank you for your input- I get so excited when I meet other teachers who try new things! I had a few ask for a chair, but they were also ones that had very poor core strength and would lay on the carpet too. I have carpet so I haven't noticed the squeezing, but I could also be used to it. I think you may be right about having them for the whole class... Because it is the only chair in the room, my kids don't really think much about it now. If it were a novelty or an occasional use thing, it. Old be distracting for some. I encourage you to stick with it. I takes a while to get used to, but I really believe in this as an option. Take care!

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  3. This is very interesting. So the balls aren't on the clear frisbees during the day? That's just at night when the balls are on the tables. I'd like to try it. I'd much rather start the year off with something like this than starting mid year. However it's certainly a good idea. www.jwhit.com

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  4. I am a student in college that just happened to come across this blog. I am an elementary education major and plan on teaching 1st grade. I hope the school I teach at will allow me to do this.. I LOVE this idea and think teachers at every school should do this! You are awesome!

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  5. Welcome to the education world, Alexa! Thank you- you are so sweet! Teaching is the BEST job in the world. It is exhausting, tons of work, emotional at times... but the rewards are SO WORTH IT! You have the power to touch lives, be a positive influence and a caring person in their lives. Everyone deserves a person to tell them that they are amazing (teachers can be this person). I've learned so much from the fabulous teachers in the blog world- feel free to ask questions because I know that we are all here to support you in your journey.

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  6. This is a fantastic idea! I'm going to do some more research on it and I think once I figure out how to write a grant, I just may put one in for this! I teach third grade and I think this is something third graders can definitely benefit from! Thanks for the idea!

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  7. These are great! What size did you get for them?

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    1. I purchased them from www.thetheraphyshoppe.com and got the 42cm/16in. size. It's good for K-1 students. Older grades have been purchasing larger sizes. Thanks for stopping by!

      They are also available fron Amason at:http://www.amazon.com/Gymnastik-Standard-Yellow-Exercise-Ball/dp/B000SPIG1M/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1330989358&sr=8-5

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    2. Thetherapyshoppe is no longer a website :(
      I'm going to look for these on Amazon, but I hope they have more than yellow. My room scheme is black, white, pink, and green.

      I would love to try these with my students next year.

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  8. I saw this too late in my school year to implement for one of my first graders, that desperately needs something besides a chair to sit in, but I am sharing with his 2nd grade teacher and getting me at least one ball to have in my classroom for next year

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    1. I am so glad I could share some info and experiences that will help out your little friends. Have a great summer break!

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  9. I sit on a ball at my desk as a work-from-home mom. I absolutely love it and my children are quite jealous. I thought they just wanted to play with the huge blue bouncy ball (they are 3 and 5), but I am totally intrigued now . . . and will be getting them each their own ball very soon. I sing the praises of switching from a chair to a ball and people look at me like I'm crazy, but I will not go back! In addition to all the benefits you've mentioned, it forces me to keep my back straight, which has alleviated a whole lot of back pain from sitting at a desk for several hours at a time! Wish my kiddos were headed for your class!!!! =)

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our classroom! I appreciate your kind words :) After my dad's office saw the news report, they ALL switched to balls at their desk. It is so exciting to see that people are takingcare of their bodies and minds in our "sitting age".
      Best wishes!
      -Michele

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  10. I would really love to try this in my 1st grade classroom this coming school year. I've never written a grant... might be worth looking into. I think the kids would love them. I already know of one special needs child coming to my room that would really benefit. You've sparked my interest. Thanks!
    Lauren
    justaddclipart.blogspot.com

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  11. How do you handle the balls for open house? We will have students and their families visit the classroom before school starts...I can't imagine letting them loose in a classroom full of ball chairs without going over the rules first. I have purchased a set of balls, but need some ideas for what to do for open house and the first day (before I review the rules). Any ideas?

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    1. We don't have an open house, but rather a curriculum night about a week after school starts (for parents only). For that night, I ask the custodians for 10-12 folding chairs for parents who do not want to sit on a ball.

      On the first day, I bring all of the students right to our large group meeting area on the carpet. I read, we do a few activities, then I lead into the ball chairs and how special this class is to be able to use them. While this is going on, I block off the balls in the back oof the room by my classroom library. After modeling, sitting practice, and safety rules- I have them take them to the tables.

      For your open house.... I would suggest keeping them deflated until the first day of school (or have a few at one table to show parents and students what to expect) or blocking them off in the room like I did. If students are completing a sit-down activity at tables, that make complicate things. Maybe you can keep your old chairs until after? Or maybe borrow chairs from other areas of the building (like music room or another place that will not get visitors that evening).

      I hope this helps!
      Best wishes,
      Michele

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  12. I just came across your blog via Pinterest and I'm so glad I clicked on the link! I love this idea! I saw an office chair once in a magazine that had the ball instead of the traditional seat and thought, how brilliant! I am definitely interested in incorporating the ball into the classroom! I was reading the previous remarks and would maybe suggest to the person saying how noisy/squeaky the balls are, to maybe get a small carpet square (sometimes you can get the free samples from the hardware stores) and place under the ball while the children are sitting on them to help eliminate that squeaking! :) Thanks so much for sharing all of your great ideas and photos! :)

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  13. I am a Kindergarten teacher and LOVE this idea! However, I am a little nervous about the safety aspect of this with 5 year olds. Did you have a lot of students falling/rolling out of their "chairs"?

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    1. Have you seen or tried the "Donut Balls"?

      http://www.therapyshoppe.com/therapy/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=3&products_id=1762&sort=20a&page=1

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    2. Hi Colleen!

      Thanks for the donut ball link. The look cool! I had the balls for 2 years with kinders and I did have a few roll off, but no more than with wiggling on a regular chair. They learn to adapt very quickly. When and if they roll off, they are only falling over 18-20 inches. I just try not to have shelve close to the tables.
      Take care,
      Michele

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  14. I am currently working on my associates in Early childhood education and i just love this idea. I am planning on working with preschoolers and was wondering if you have heard anything about using ball chairs with children that young? Are 3 to 5 year old big enough for the balls.

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    1. Hmmmm.... I haven't read anything for children that young. I'm not sure if their gross motor would be strong enough. I'm not an expert, though :)

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  15. I stumbled across your blog post on stability balls as I was perusing your website. Ironically, just yesterday I posted on my blog about the fact that I recently had a project funded on Donors Choose, for 5 stability balls. I teach third grade and CANNOT WAIT to use them.
    You (and your readers) can check out the the ones I selected here:http://secretlifeofateacher.blogspot.com/2012/07/starbucks-and-donors-choose.html

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  16. I teach 4th grade and am hoping to start this year with a class set. How do I determine the correct size for 4th graders?

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    1. I would figure out the average bight of your students, then do a search on Bing for info. I know I picked the smallest for my kids, but I remember seeing a chart or something on a sporting good site.

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    2. Thanks! I am attempting to acquire funding through Indiegogo....I was wondering if I might share a few of your pictures on my "Campaign" site? I would also like to quote your reasons as posted on your page. Would this be alright?

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    3. Absolutely! Feel free to use anything that I post, giving proper credit to the original researchers (like Jensen). Good luck!

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  17. I also teach 4th and just put in an order today for each child to have one for the first day...now I'm wondering where you got all of your frisbees????

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    1. The frisbees came from Oriental Trading. They were the least expensive option. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I absolutely love this idea. I teach third grade and often find my students need to get their wiggles out. How neat to encourage an active lifestyle while in the classroom learning. I really want to start off my school year with them this year. I am currently looking into funding options. I have a few questions. Do you have your students start out with the stability balls all day or do you have them use them in smaller increments in the beginning? Also, have you had any students/parents respond negatively to using stability balls instead of chairs? Also, can I quote your benefits of using the balls when I make my proposal? Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I only have a few chairs in the room (at the computer tables), so they start right away with them. My students always have the option of sitting on the floor with a clipboard at times, too. After the first few days, the whole class is usually very secure and balanced. I have only had a few complain in the last 3 years (mostly because they had weak core muscles and had to work harder). My kiddos are only sitting at a table for 30 minutes, max during writer's workshop by the end of the year).

      You may quote me and use the attached research, as needed. Please be sure to read Jensen's full article, as I only gave the highlights in my original post :)

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  19. So interesting! I try to have my students working in different parts of the room and moving around a lot of the day, but hadn't thought about this... I don't know if I'm daring enough, yet! :)

    The Science Penguin

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  20. I just saw this post, and I'm creating my Donors Choose project now :-) I have been dying to try stability balls in the classroom and this year is the perfect time to do it, because my class has a few extra needs, in addition to a serious set of the wiggles :-) Any ideas from anyone on the best size for the kindergarten kids? I was leaning toward the 14 inch balls, but then the 18 sounded more appropriate, and now I have simply no idea. I guess I can measure them all on Monday, but ideally it would be good to get something "general" so I can use them year to year, hopefully!

    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Here is a link to the balls that I use:
      http://www.amazon.com/Gymnastik-Standard-Yellow-Exercise-Ball/dp/B000SPIG1M/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3Q8DKRB5YWULG&coliid=I1X7ALWIA0ZUGX

      They are 42cm and I had them with my kinders and am now using them with first graders. It's the smallest size I've found. You can also deflate then slightly if the kids are shorties :)

      Best wishes!

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  21. Hi! I am a speech-language pathology major and I am completing my final semester in my undergrad studies. I'm in the middle of my undergrad capstone project and my topic is educating general education classroom teachers on how to incorporate ASD students into their classes. I saw this post on Pinterest and immediately had to check it out. My research is mainly geared in the SLP field and working on social skills, but it was great to see your research on the physical needs of these students. Thanks!!

    -Ashley

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  22. This is a fabulous idea that I've embraced as a special education teacher. My principal had some reservations about it. She wanted the child to practice in PT & OT before allowing him to use it in the classroom. Implementing it in the entire room would have been awesome! Maybe my next teaching job....

    I did want to offer up an alternative if teachers come across some resistance. A "T-stool" is another great option. If you have a husband that is slightly handy, you can even make them at home. They have the same principle in that you have to keep two feet on the ground and engage your core which then aids in concentration as students don't have the option of fooling around since they might tip over!

    Happy balancing!

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  23. I LOVE this! What wonderful work you've done to reach this! I am working on receiving my teaching credentials in special education. Last term I took a class that used Jensen's "Arts with the Brain in Mind" and it was an amazing book with so much information that just makes sense... children need to move! I have a feeling our schools here in California won't let us do this, but I will fight for it! Thank you for all the information.

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  24. All I can say is THANK YOU for all of this info. I love your room! I am amazed you have an administrator who allowed this though. Kudos to him/her for not saying "but this is the way we've always done it."

    I am going to amazon now with that link. I have a couple of children who really need this. I may just buy one for all of them!

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  25. I love this!! I homeschool my kids and have a struggling 4th grader. He moves constantly so we tried out an exercise ball I had here. It's amazing what a difference it makes. He is doing great!! So much more focused and his work is improving. I am now going to get one for my 1st grader now that I know you can buy smaller ones!
    Thanks for sharing
    What a great classroom

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  26. I this is great for my classroom. I wanted to know if anyone knows what types of grants I should apply for to recieve the excerise balls? I would appreciate any feedback!

    Thanks

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I recommend www.donorschoose.org. They are an amazing organization that caters to public schools. You can check out my posts on DC by clicking on the side bar list of entries.

      Good luck!

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  27. I just found your blog! I use ball chairs in my room too! I can't get rid of my regular chairs because last year I had a parent complain that her child wanted a regular chair and should be allowed to have it if he wanted....so I have let my kids decide what they want for the most part. I have tried to write 2 grants (within our district) for some more tools for them such as bases, however due to the push for technology, I have not been granted them. I love do love them. I also use T-stools (a stool with one leg...I made them). Do the frisbees help keep the balls in place while the students are sitting on them? I use pie tins that work ok but they just aren't big enough really. I want to get bases meant for balls. Also do your kids fall off of them on a daily basis?? It never fails in my room that kids are falling off!! Also what do you do when students aren't keeping their feet on the floor and aren't following your rules? I guess I'm always eager to hear how others handle some of those situations. Do you have any suggestions on other grants that might be out there I could look at? Thanks for your great ideas!
    Stacee

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    1. Hello and welcome! Although I originally purchase my ball chairs through a grant, DonorsChoose.org is how I suggest to others. It's easy and parents can even help out! I only use the frisbees to store the balls on top of my tables at night. The rest of the time, they just roll around. It may seem chaotic, but my students just gently roll them under a table or out of their way when they walk by. My kids rarely fall off. If they are sitting properly, they won't get hurt (I stress this a LOT during the first month of school). If it does happen, they really don't call attention to it. If a student isn't following our safety guidelines, I will ask them to get a chair from the computer station. It's sad...like a walk of shame for them. So, they try really hard to follow our rules.

      Please don't hesitate to let me know how it goes for you!

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  28. I foudn tis on pinterest. I'm a middle school special ed teacher working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders. I think the balls are what I'm looking for the next school year. The only question I have is how sturdy they are for middle school kiddos. I am also wondering about size since my students range from feather weight kiddos to 6 ft.

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    1. Hi, welcome to my blog! The balls come in many sizes. In fact they are just exercise/ gymnastic balls. They are VERY durable. In 4 years, I've only replace 2-3 due to accidents with pencils :) When sizing the balls, you want the child's legs to be at a 90 degree angle. You will probably need to get multiple sizes to accommodate your various learners. I've seen larger sizes at Target in the exercise area. The smaller size only came online.

      Good luck!

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  29. Do you know the specific brand and kind of the yoga ball? Thanks so much!

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  30. I know this post is older but, my sister's old teacher puts a stretchy band (kind of like the ones used for physical therapy or working out) on the front legs the chairs so they keep they're feet going!

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  31. I teach 1/2 day PreK (2 classes) and find that many of my students have difficulty sitting in chairs (or on the carpet). A few prefer to kneel in chairs, and some are still slipping off of them at the end of the year. This might be the answer for some of the class (if not all).

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  32. I teach 5th grade and I have used stability balls im my class for about 3 years now. I do not have a class set so my students have to bring them in themselves. I would love to have a class set! Wittfitt has balls with little feet which makes them easier to store. They are expensive though.
    http://www.wittfitt.com/

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  33. I have had balls in my room for 2 years now and LOVE it. I really like your post and how well you describe the benifits! I will be using your reasons in my blog post to my parents in a couple of weeks. I have found that putting a cup of sand in them really helps and does not take to much of my time. That way there is no rolling around and they can put them on tables at night.

    I noticed someone asked what you did for meet the teacher night/open house. Like you said I leave them deflated until the first day of school. At meet the teacher night I give them the Jensen article and a Daily 5 article about alternative seating for them to read and get "used to" the idea before the balls come out.

    Thanks for your post! I love that more and more teachers are using the balls!

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  34. I'm planning on getting some for my first grade room. We get our Box Tops money for the classroom and I have a ton saved up. I found these 45cm balls with feet for really cheap: $10.99 each! I can't wait! :)

    http://www.promedxpress.com/products/cando-ball-with-feet/140-0045/?sourcecode=PGOOPF&utm_source=google&utm_medium=shop&utm_campaign=Shopping%2BComparison%2BSites&gclid=CKrtnMzdzboCFa1AMgodMjUAvA

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    1. Did these work for you? I'm interested in getting stability balls with feet. The ones I found before were $30 a piece.... This price is much better! I'd love to hear how they've worked for you.

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    2. I'm curious to know if you all ended up getting the balls with feet. If so, how is it going? I am looking into these balls for my first grade classroom and would like to know before I make the huge investment. Thank you so much!

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  35. I just stumbled on your site while tryin to figure out how to introduce the balls to my classroom. I had created 2 projects through DonorsChoose for a class set of yoga balls and they were delivered today! YAY! I am beyond excited to get them aired up and going in our classroom!

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  36. one more question - did you ever send home a parent letter explaining the "whys' and rules for the balls?

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  37. Hi Krista!
    That is such exciting news! You will love them (after an adjustment period). Don't give up on them... they make a big difference on those days when you can't go outside for recess :) I didn't send home a letter, but I did share my rationale at curriculum/ meet the teacher night. At this point in the year, you can simply address it by sharing the highlights of the research and offer more if they like. I've never had anyone ask for more!

    Best wishes!

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  38. I love this idea! I have used them with crawling babies to build strength and stamina and of course to exercise myself... never thought about in a classroom!! They seem safer on carpet rather than tile... I think I might start with a few and go from there. I teach Second Grade. Great site!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  39. I'm so glad I found your blog! :) I also use stability balls in my classroom!! I was looking for a community of teachers that also use these in their classroom and it looks like I have found a great one!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you found us :)

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    2. Mrs. Smyth,
      I stumbled across your bolg while doing some research. Our central office purchased a set of the weighted stability balls (they have ball bearings in them and are less likely to roil when sitting on them or standing up) for the third grade class that I co-teach in every day. The number of behavior issues (out of seat, fooling around, etc.) dropped considerably, and the students enjoyed using them. There have been a few incidents where student were not following the rules, and the balls were taken a way for the rest of the day, and one incident when a student was bouncing excessively, (another behavior which is not allowed) and hit his chin on the desk resulting in a split lip. Until that day, I had no idea my co-teacher was concerned about students getting hurt when sitting on the balls. Recently, the claimed to read an article that alleged "prolonged sitting on the chair balls led to soft tissue damage in the back and spine". I have not been able to verify this, but it was used as an excuse to have the balls removed from the classroom. The students, and, I confess, myself as well, are very disappointed, but as it is not "my" classroom, I had no say. I am going to pay close attention to the atmosphere in the classroom for the next few weeks to determine if there are any changes, but I wondered if you had ever seen any research concerneing this?

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  40. This is such a great idea! I think I will purchase a few for my ADHD students.

    I have a question about your blog design... is this a template or did you design it yourself? I have been trying to spruce up the look of my blog.

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    1. The blog comment came from Shabbyblogs.com and it was free :) They do sell some designs too.

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  41. With your help in getting the right size, my yoga balls arrived on Friday! Thank you for blogging about this!!

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  42. If you spend several hours each day by sitting on a desk in an office then i will recommend using the exercise ball. It actually works for reducing the back pain.

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  43. I have been wanting to do this for years but my school doesn't have the funding to support it. I was thinking for asking for donations or posting on donors choose. I am not sure what size to order for my 3rd graders and also not sure where to order from. I found some for like $24.99 each. Looking to see if anyone has a place that is cheaper. Thanks in advance for any tips/advice.

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  45. I was able to get a grant for stability balls as chairs in my 2nd grade classroom last year. They arrived one month into the school year. This year I have them right away, so I was wondering....do you start using them the first day of school? Thanks!
    Katie

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  46. I happened to have stumbled onto your blog and I am SO HAPPY I DID. See My final Master's project is on the effect of stability balls with my third grade student. Thank you for adding your references which was a huge help to me too. If you have anything to add or can help me with I would greatly appreciate it. I am really excited that I received my balls yesterday and planning to start implementation tomorrow.

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  47. So EXCITED to come across your blog. My school's OT and I have been tossing ideas back and forth for using the stability balls in my LLD class. While I am very excited and eager to see the benefits for my kiddos I am curious how long it took you and your students to adapt to the change in seating….and bouncing heads? Also, how did you get others in your school on board with the ideas of active learning? We see bouncing heads/bodies all day long and feel we need to embrace it more than putting a limit on it. Will def. share research with my school and class assistants so that WE can all be a little more aware of the benefit of movement while learning. Yes, for some it may be overstimulating and a plan may need to be tweaked for that child yet I am excited to start a new environment/outlook for my amazing kiddos. Will def have a teacher stability ball for myself as well!! "Bouncings what "kiddos" do best! :)

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement! My students start the year with the balls, so it takes a few weeks for the novelty to wear off :) After that, it's just part of our life. I also have students who stand at a tall table and students who prefer to work on the floor. There are a lot of seating choices in my room. I should probably post an update soon, as I have added more :) Thanks again!

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    2. I'm curious where you find your stability balls. I've also been investigating wobbly stools. I have Pre K students - some are tiny but some are as tall as 1st graders, so I don't know what size to get...

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  48. I am considering a grant for stability balls and the only thing holding them back is losing their chair pockets. What did you do with the kids' books? Thank you so much for your post! I really appreciate it!

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  49. HI Michele- I am in the process of a donor's choose project for the balls. 3rd and 4th both want them and I am in first. I thought it would be worth a try. Many teachers are not sure about it and and we all have many questions- there is research out there about how it helps,... what about liability if a student falls and gets hurt? It would be the same if it was a chair injury? did parents have to sign anything? do the kids sign a contract about respecting the ball and using it properly? Im trying to think of what other questions came up-- oh, what about the complaints about stomach aches, muscles sore, etc from using the ball, not used to using those muscles.. (I figure they would get used to it and it would be a benefit?) not sure of other questions.. I will come back if more come up! Its great to hear others experience with them and you have used them for a while now, have you had to replace them? do you pump them by hand? do you just do the same size for all and then adjust more or less air? any other information would greatly be appreciated :)

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  50. This is very interesting. So the balls aren't on the clear frisbees during the day? That's just at night when the balls are on the tables. I'd like to try it. I'd much rather start the year off with something like this than starting mid year. However it's certainly a good idea.

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  51. What size were the balls that you used in 1st grade and where did you get the clear frisbees for them? Thank you!!

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  52. I see that this post is old but I am a new teacher and will have my own classroom in the fall. One of the things on my list has always been to have stability balls in my classroom. Did you ask permission before getting the balls? I wonder about the legalities behind having alternative seating in the classroom - just trying to cover my bases before I go buy some balls. Thanks

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    1. I did have permission from my administrator. Stability balls are often used in special education classrooms and in PE, so legality wasn't an issue. Parents appreciate the research that went into this accommodation available for everyone :)

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  53. I use yoga balls in my First Grade classroom, too. I love them and would never go back to chairs. It does take a while to get use to the bounce, but our school has only one recess break and this helps my munchkins focus.

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  54. What size are the balls that you used for the Grade 1 students?

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  55. What size were the balls that you used in first grade? Thanks!

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