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.

matt February 11, 2013 at 07:18 PM
kelly yannuzzi February 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I think this is ridiculously, kids this age have a short attention span to begin with how to you suppose they concentrate while also trying yo balance themselves on a ball!!
Megan February 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM
This is a great way to learn! Sitting on the stability balls are not difficult to do and they are more comfortable than chairs. When they have their reading time in class it not for a very long time as their kindergarten class is half day. A gym teacher at a different elementary school I know had this to say, "Love this idea so good for their core muscles and promotes oxygen to the brain which will help them retain more!! Awesome!" PV is one of the best school districts around so I would trust their way of teaching to our children!
Laura February 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Actually Kelly, doing some low impact physical activity like balancing can actually HELP young children focus better. Especially children who already have trouble in this area, like those with ADHD.
Nick Matregrano February 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM
You got to be kidding me!!! What ever happened to "Sit up straight". I guess middle school is next and then what.... high school. Grade K, I might understand, but no further, next they will be bringing their bikes into school to sit on. What about proper body mechanics. This will be a boom for the Chiropractic business!!!
chelsea salisbury February 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Give the kids an opportunity to prove themselves before you make assumptions and compare how you were educated to the needs of others. Everyone learns differently. If learning is fun they have something to look forward to each day. I am an educator and wellness specialist for children; I see both sides. Why do you think so many kids drop out if school... Sometimes it is just not fun. Give them something to look forward to each day going to school. They will have the responsibility to earn this incentive! Love it!
Christine Collura February 12, 2013 at 02:12 PM
I was skeptical at first when this was piloted with my son - but it was a huge success. He has bad posture, trouble sitting still and I'm always telling him to sit up straight. I thought for sure he would fall right off and that is would be disasterous. It was quite the opposite. It became natural for him to sit properly and he even said he loved it and it felt it was easier to concentrate in class. I am now a believer! Don't knock it till you try it!
Bob Wilson February 12, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Nick-stability balls hsve been used for years by physical therapists for treating people with back pain. The ball actually forces you to sit with good posture. Sloyching makes the ball start to roll away from you and tskes more work to maintain. The goid posture on the ball also builds better core (abdominal and back) strength to help carry over better posture and prevent back peiblems long term.
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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