I've got some wiggly little ones. I bet you do too! Several of my students have a hard time keeping their pockets down on the chair and not moving all over the place. After a lot of research into alternative seating, I decided to give it a try and see if it helps my distracted students.
These are Hokki stools and so far I am loving them. They are curved on the bottom, which allows for some movement while sitting. I will say the very first day my most wiggliest students were moving on these stools like crazy. I wasn't sure that I had made a good decision. I wanted to help my distracted students, not make the distractions worse! Now as the new is wearing off, I think it is going to be a good fit. Everyone but the most wiggly is doing well with them. For those that just cannot sit still and want to spin, guidelines will have to be set. These seats are going to give students more room at my table, help them to sit tall and not lean on the table, and provide an appropriate way for them to still get in some movement while staying in their area and continuing to learn!
Our new alternative seating will be getting a good work out during RTI. A new resource for RTI time is this Blends & Digraphs Intervention Binder.
I love to use sounds linking charts with my students, whether it is an ABC chart, cvc charts or this blends & digraphs chart. We read it forwards, backwards, row by row, I call out a sound, etc... Readers who have difficulty often need to go over these sounds daily for them to become automatic.
I want the students to put the sounds together in chunks and for some that takes practice.
During RTI, some students need to practice these sounds everyday.
Moving students from practicing words right into sentence reading is important. I want them reading in context.
Then students can get in some practice with their fluency and comprehension.
The Blends and Digraphs Interventions Binder is a companion to this CVC Intervention Binder. Just click the pictures or colored words to be taken to see them.