A note I received from 2nd Grade Teacher, Lorraine Belleman:
“K came into second grade reading below grade level. He is also tall for his age but the youngest in the classroom with his birthday December 30th. Being tall, many have had higher expectations of him both physically and academically.
When I introduced the rocker to K he could not balance on it at all. We placed the rocker next to a regular desk but he continued to fall off. Next we tried to have him on the rocker next to the pedal desk. For weeks and even months, K would practice his spelling words, play math games or work with a partner ( rocking next to a partner who was using a pedal desk. )
Last month, it was reading workshop and I watched K grab his book from his cubbie, he pulled out a rocker and began reading and rocking without falling. He was able to read and stay focused on his book!!! (which by the way was a book on grade level!) So impressed with this dramatic improvement!”