Skippack Elementary Replacing Desk Chairs with Stability Balls

Teachers are slowly replacing classroom chairs with stability balls in an effort to focus on health and wellness.


Teachers at Skippack Elementary are slowly replacing classroom chairs with staibility balls to couple its academics with a focus on health and wellness.

According to a press release from Skippack Elementary, 19 classrooms now use stability balls for children.

Research shows that students, when permitted to move and stretch during learning, show greater gains in focus and core strength, according to the release.

Kindergarten teacher Chris Halus has students using stability donuts during independent rading.

"The children welcome the opportunities to replace their desk chairs with stability balls," said third grade teacher Amy Dorris said.

Roy Martin February 12, 2013 at 08:09 PM
What a bunch of crap! No wonder school taxes are sky rocketting. If it was their own money these worthless educators wouldn't spend a damn nickel.
Christine Collura February 12, 2013 at 08:30 PM
The money comes from government grants they apply for. Not our tax dollars.
p bresn February 13, 2013 at 01:23 AM
what next to spend dollars on? r u serious????? and where is the ability to write??? perhaps the floor??? give me a break...stop catering to these kids and get a grip on your foolish ideas. take them out to recess and let them move.
Megan February 13, 2013 at 03:27 PM
This is in response to Roy and P Bresn: Roy - our educators are not worthless!!! Many teachers use their own money to buy supplies for the classroom and for the kids. We have some really great teachers in PV. The school taxes are rising so that the head of the school board can get a yearly raise every time our students test well on state testing!!!! The school board actually does not care about our great teachers, hence the new school calendar that was just approved!!!! I hope you do not have kids in the school district with the attitude that you are expressing right now about our educators. Your comments are mean. P Bresn: The kids DO sit at desks and have chairs. This is just ONE way to incorporate a different type of learning. This shows how close minded people are when it comes to learning. You don't have to just sit at a desk and that is the only way to learn. That is my son sitting on that stability ball who is very smart. He enjoys it and he's not ADHD or ADD ... he's a bright kid like all his classmates. People are foolish to walk around with blinders on and not try to open themselves up to different ways of learning.
MJ February 13, 2013 at 06:52 PM
For everyone who is knocking this, what do you know? Honestly what is wrong with trying new ways to excite the children and give them something to look forward to? My child LOVES when she gets the chance to use the ball. Don't give me the "tax dollar" arguement. We pay our higher tax rate due to the fact of there is very little business money in our area. This isn't like Upper Merion where there is no local tax due to the high business volume. There is a reason PV is ranked as one of the better districts in the state, our teachers and the methods adopted by the district! If this is one thing that helps learning, then so be it! These kids learn more by the 3rd grade than most of us learned by middle school growing up.


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