Grounding Routine

Children need to move.

Active Classrooms, The Latest Trend

Heath.gov recommends that children move 60 minutes per day. Not only does this recommendation hope to address childhood obesity by increasing caloric output, but there are also implications for learning. Children who move 60 minutes per day report better sleep, stable moods, more time on task and higher grades.

Classroom teachers have been looking to flexible seating, specifically active seating, to provide additional movement for students. However, some teachers report frustrations when the wobble stool turns into a hazard instead of Instagram perfection.

Getting Grounded

Here is the truth. Bodies that are not grounded (securely in tune with the Earth and the gravitational force) won’t magically become grounded when sitting on a wobble stool. The good news is, we have created a Move Mindfully® Grounding Routine to ground bodies before using active seating tools. More movement and breath work can be found in our Move Mindfully® Card Deck.

Move Mindfully Grounding Routine

Move Mindfully Grounding Routine

With modeling and practice, students can go through the routine as many times as needed, checking in and assessing if they are ready. Try printing of the routine and posting near flex seating options. If you see children falling, or not using the tools correctly, simply let them know, “It looks like your body is not grounded yet. Try the routine again.”

Active Seating

Once the bodies are grounded, then it’s time to explore the active seating options! Our friends at Moving Minds have many innovative active seating products. Here are our Top 5 recommendations and tips for integrating mindful movement. We suggest having students explore a few of these positions before there is an expectation for stillness and listening during instruction.

Surf Floor Desk

The unique design combines a seat with a desktop in one seamless shape so students can use it anywhere!

Boat

Boat

Back Stretch

Back Stretch

TiltED Active Seat

This active this seat changes all of that by allowing students to rock back and forth or rotate 90° in either direction to tilt side to side. Balancing the seat on the domed portion of its bottom edge lets students work their core muscles in new ways without disrupting class.

Twist

Twist

Seated Tree

Seated Tree

Shyft Wobble Board

Shyft provides slight instability and activity for all ages while sitting or standing!

Upward Mountain

Upward Mountain

Tree

Tree

KORE Wobble Chairs

The chair’s constant “wobble” engages muscles and provides an opportunity to release excess energy, enhancing focus and productivity.

Boat

Boat

CushionEd

A bumpy, grippy bottom side prevents it from slipping in any situation, and a subtle texture on top provides a plush, sensory experience in chairs or on the floor.

Tree

Tree

Other Options

Don’t have the budget to build a flexible seating active classroom? Simply head to your local dollar store and pick up a Step Stool. This tool is great for sitting slightly elevated off of the carpet and also provides extra input during balancing positions, like Tree or Eagle.

Tree With Eyes Closed

Tree with Eyes Closed

Eagle

Eagle

Do you use flexible seating? What has worked for you? Leave a comment!

Be Well,

Stephanie Kennelly

4 replies
  1. Strelow, Brenda
    Strelow, Brenda says:

    I love the wobble chairs I have in the classroom. I also boutght some rocker chairs at Walmart that were inexpensive and the kids love be them.

    Reply
  2. Sandra Busta
    Sandra Busta says:

    I love the grounding routine and the downloadable poster with instructions! Will be sharing this with staff immediately.

    Thank you!

    Reply

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