Summary: Help purchase Hokki stools for our kindergarten classrooms at North Woods to allow students to “wiggle while they work” and stay focused for a longer period of time while doing academic learning tasks.
Goal: $2,038 • Deadline: Feb. 12, 2017 • School: North Woods International • Sponsor Names: Rose Kulig and Kate Hooper
About Our Project: In recent years with the introduction of the common core, kindergartens are being asked to do more academic tasks. We would like to purchase Hokki stools for kindergarten small group work. This would allow the children to rock, twist or turn and yet sit so they can focus more easily. These stools are great for students with special needs such as attention deficit disorder but they are also great for all students.
Research has also shown that the “squirmy child” can meet his/her movement needs without disrupting the learning environment and at the same time improve focus on learning. Our preschool classroom has one Hokki stool that has been beneficial for helping children who have difficulties attending and/or maintaining body control during large group learning. Last year our first grade team used LPEF grant funds to purchase stools to be used during their small group centers, or for students with specific motor needs. This fall I purchased two Hokki stools and I noticed how much the children liked the chairs. I also noticed an improvement in students’ ability to maintain focus and complete tasks.
Our kindergarten team of four teachers including Kate Hooper, Kristy Holinka, Angela Stanton and myself, Rose Kulig would like to purchase enough stools so that each kindergarten classroom has five. Funding this grant would allow enough seating for small group work for at least one table in each classroom.
Where Your Donation Goes:
Purchase of 18 Hokki stools, with two added stools to be purchased using a grant from UW-La Crosse.
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