One of the most difficult transitions in the school system is coming back from summer vacation! Most likely your students have been staying up late, sleeping in, had limited structure, and doing new and exciting things. Now they are going to be required to sit and learn in a structured environment.
Try to allow for movement breaks in the classroom in between subjects and do not expect your students to sit for long periods of time. Here are ten easy and cheap solutions that can be used within the school environment that can be done with restless children in the classroom:
- Allow alternative seating! Let students stand at their desk or lay on the floor to complete work.
- Wouldn’t it be great to have all students sitting on therapy balls in the classroom? However, what usually happens? The balls roll away, kids fall off on purpose, and it causes an overall distraction in the classroom. A simple solution is to put the ball in a cardboard box to limit rolling. This will still allow for movement and bouncing!