We have officially reached 100 compliments to earn a chance to sit on exercise balls instead of chairs.

I have found this to be a great option for students who struggle to stay focused, on-task, and emerging research shows that students who use exercise balls have gains in concentration, on-task behavior, and show increased academic gains. Rules: The rules for the balls are relatively simple. 1. Little bounces only. 2. Your feet must be on the ground at all times. 3. Tuck your ball in when you get up. Consequences: For students who fail to follow the rules, the following consequences will be used: 1. Warning. 2. Lose your ball for 5 minutes. 3. Lose your ball for a day. 4. If a student continues to make poor choices, they will lose the opportunity to sit on the exercise balls. Choice: I think choice is really important for students. Some days students request to sit on a chair. I make these accommodations because I understand that sometimes students just want a break from the posture required to balance on the ball. In these cases the student will take a chair or stool and put their ball under one of the tables in the room.

Getting the Exercise Balls: The exercise balls have been provided through a grant from A+ Credit Union. Parents will not need to supply exercise balls, and at the end of the year the ball will remain in the classroom. Popped or Deflated Balls: Occasionally, balls will deflate or pop during the year. This is rare. For those that deflate a bit, I have a hand pump that can be used to add air. However, when it comes to a popped exercise ball, the situation is different. We discussed on Friday how important it is for students to be careful about pencils, scissors, and other sharp objects. I understand that accidents happen. However, if a ball is popped due to recurrent careless behavior, I may ask that the student replace the ball. If that happens, I will let you know. Next steps: Deciding whether or not to allow your child to replace their chair with an exercise ball is a decision only your family can make. I do not force any students to use the exercise balls, but I have seen many students become more focused and enthusiastic learners when allowed to “wiggle” while still being able to work on academics. Please consider your individual child’s needs and what is best for him or her when completing the permission slip. The students have been told that this is ultimately a decision that you, as their parent, gets to make. Return the form with your child at your convenience. You can begin sending the forms back tomorrow, but feel free to take some time to think about your decision if you prefer. Please return the permission form ONLY regardless of your decision. Thanks,

Student Name: _______________________

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I have read the information about exercise balls in the classroom provided by Mrs. Davies and I have decided: (Check one box only.)  Yes! My child can use an exercise ball in place of a chair. I understand the rules and consequences.  My child can use an exercise ball as a chair occasionally as a reward, but I would not like them to replace their chair with an exercise ball. I understand the rules and consequences.  I prefer my child does not use an exercise ball. Parent Signature: _____________________ Date: ________

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I understand the rules for the exercise balls and agree to follow them. I understand that if I do not follow them or use my ball in an unsafe way, I may lose my opportunity to have an exercise ball for my chair.

Student Signature: ____________________

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