I'm linking up with Tara over at
I've been using chair balls for the past 4 years with great success.
However, last year, I took the proverbial dive and
headed into total #flexibleseating after
watching some of Angie Olsen's wonderful periscopes
on how it works in her second grade class.
(She has a FABULOUS resource page on her blog
dedicated to #flexibleseating. Click HERE to check it out!)
I've seen numerous crate seats that have fluff and stuff on the top
and provide for storage inside....my dad helped me create a
modified version with just a wooden seat...
Mom helped to paint as well as create some small
colorful frog throw pillows that
students can choose to sit on top of the crate boards
or on the floor.
The kids LOVED the ability to choose whether or not they
had a pillow and (of course) which pillow they wanted to use!
One of the biggest comments from my 4th graders this year
is that they wished they had more crate seats to choose for
On my summer trip to the family home, Dad cut out
two more crate tops from some wood in his
wood shed... yep...no $... just scrap wood!
Mom had some leftover white paint to help
seal the wood...
and then the fun of the designing started...
I got to create our class mascot...
the Swamp Frog...
and Mom went to work painting
the boards for the
(she does nail designs too :)
they're sprayed to make the design durable
and ready to go for the new year...
...which starts the beginning of
I haven't "ditched the desks"
just yet.... I find my 4th graders enjoy sitting
at desks....just modified the seating options...
that go with the desks...
I've lowered some of the desks to allow for
crate seats...raised some of the desks to allow for
ball chairs...and raised some of the desks to allow
for the standing option!
(Found some bed risers at a garage sale this summer
to try out making the standing desks even taller!)
Do you use #flexibleseating in your room?
What options do you use in your class?
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We're adding a new component this year
with the game of 24...
I love to connect our students to share the learning!
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