Flexible Seating in First Grade

Why flexible seating?

When I was in elementary school

( Way back in the DINOSAUR days )  

1970’s

flexible seating in the classroom

We sat in rows.

Many rows.

All of us looking straight ahead.

At the teacher, at all times!

No flexible seating, here.

flexible seating in the classroom

We kept our hands & feet to ourselves.

We kept our books in our desks.

And we read QUIETLY to ourselves.

Shhh…whisper!

We read.

Some people enjoyed it.

Some people just pretended.

Most did what we were told.

We didn’t ask…WHY?

or

Is there ANOTHER WAY?

How to bring flexible seating options into my classroom?

Because at home…

I would lay on my bed and read for HOURS!

flexible seating

(picture by Dreamstime.com)

And that is how I  LOVE TO READ!

I want my students to LOVE to read!

So I have “changed it up!”

I have added flexible seating options in my classroom for kids to 

read in a comfortable, relaxed, enjoyable experience.

Every day after lunch my first graders do

READ  TO  SELF.

If you have not read the book

The Daily 5

DAILY 5

from “The 2  SISTERS”      YOU  NEED  TO!

My first graders read to themselves.

Not to me,

Not to a partner,

JUST TO THEMSELVES!

Therefore…READ  TO  SELF!

I set the BIG TIMER!

online reading timer

I use THIS one.

We start the year at 6 minutes.  Read.

We work on increasing our reading STAMINA.

 Read longer.

Today, we are at 18 minutes!

18 minutes of uninterrupted reading of books

THEY choose!

BUT there is MORE!

They don’t sit in rows.

They don’t sit at their desk.

We have flexible seating choices for reading.

flexible seating reading rockers

READING  ROCKERS

flexible seating stools

TALL STOOLS

flexible seating short stools

SHORT  STOOLS

flexible seating chairs

SHORT  STOOLS  at  SHORT  TABLES

flexible seating

CHAIRS  by themselves

flexible seating rugs

READING  RUGS

flexible seating

CORNER  NOOKS

flexible seating floor

FLAT  OUT  ON  THE  FLOOR

And when we are done?

Stools under the tables.

Rockers stacked in baskets.

Rugs in the tub.

And chairs stacked.

flexible seating stools

flexible seating stools

flexible seating guided reading stools

flexible seating reading rockers

flexible seating chairs

They MOAN when the timer goes off. 

They ask during other times of the day

to Read in the Rockers.

THEY  WANT  TO  READ!

I have taught them to LOVE to READ..  

ANY HOW…ANY WHERE!

Flexible seating choices have made a HUGE difference

in the reading choices my students make.

They want harder books.

They want to read MORE!

It’s hard to walk into a first grade classroom

and hear…SILENCE.

But the “whispers” of reading are heard, daily!

UPDATE

More flexible seating CHOICES!

I won ..yes…won  these

4 AMAZING Stools at our recent

NorCAL Teachers Meet UP

in Pleasanton, CA!

Check out the fun at:

Instagram

#teacherstakepleasanton

flexible seating storage ottomans

I was the BIG..WINNER  WINNER! 🙂

Yes…I won ALL  4

WHOOP!  WHOOP!

flexible seating wooden rocking chairs

And these Bad boys…

They are wooden rocking chairs,, and they SQUEAK!

I love to hear the squeak, squeak as they rock & READ!

Thank You Donor’s Choose!

My “flexible seating” is complete!

Now to “arrange” it into 

WORKSTATIONS!

I absolutely LOVE IT!

( SO DO THE KIDDOS!)

Some of my “bloggy friends”

have also posted about

their experiences

with flexible seating.

Check them out.

How to fund and implement flexible seating

Teach2Love

10 things to know about flexible seating

Two Sharp Pencils

flexible seating

SassySavvySimpleteaching

If you want to learn MORE about reading

check out these blog posts:

Balanced Literacy

Read  At  Home

Guided Reading in 20 Minutes

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