Spin Board Repair

Thanks to the generosity and contribution of White Oak Primary School’s former principal, Mrs. Amundson, our motor lab is equipped with lots of spin boards.  We purchased the first one from the Ready Bodies, Learning Minds website, but the others were hand made by Mr. Amundson. Spin boards are a very important and necessary piece of equipment at the Brain Train Depot.  It is the one station that never changes.  Students sit on the spin board with their legs crossed while pushing on the floor to spin themselves in either direction.  The problem is, after almost 10 years of constant use, they were malfunctioning.  The fix was pretty simple, though. Lowes or Home Depot carries the lazy susan mechanism that creates the rotation, so it was just a matter of replacing that piece of hardware to get the boards spinning freely again.  Below is a short demonstration.

Why “W” Sitting is Bad

I know it has been a long time since I posted to this blog.  Life just seems to happen.  One of the events in my life that has happened is I have become a “NeeNee” 5 times in the past two and a half years!  It is the most enjoyable stage of life in my opinion.  When I came across this blog post through Facebook, I knew it was something that needed to be shared.

http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/family/toddlers/20121001/the-dreaded-w-sitting-in-toddlers

I will be watching my toddler grandchildren closely to make sure this is not the way the choose to sit.

Using Chair Balls in the Classroom

My sweet daughter-in-law came across this blog post about the benefits of allowing students to sit on balls instead of chairs.  As teachers, we have noticed for awhile that our students that are coming to school are a little different than in prior years.  This post gives an explanation. Check it out for yourself: http://newadventuresinfirstgrade.blogspot.com/2011/11/stability-ball-chairs.html.