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There are days I feel like I have two of the wiggliest boys on earth. As they got older they got wigglier! Last year I almost threw in the towel and gave up homeschooling. I was sick of hearing myself telling my boys to sit still. I would often be asking them, “How do you fall back in your chair so much? You are supposed to sit on it!” I would tell my son Joshua to stop drumming on the table. I could only imagine I sounded like a broken record. Our school days were constantly being disrupted by the wiggling and falling. I kept thinking there must be a better way.
One day I had had enough and began praying about our school days. I felt led to look for a strategy! I started researching online and found an article about schools using odd shaped desks and chairs. There were a lot of options out there. There are standing desks, hover board desks, bicycling desks. There were chairs made out of a ball, there were adjustable chairs, and boards you kneel down on at your desk. I couldn’t believe the options.
I decided to take my chances on a multi-dimensional and many options. I figure if it did not work, I could convert it back to a “normal” desk. I picked to try my luck on a very expensive ($250-$400) standing desk made by Safeco.
I also chose an adjustable swivel chair for both Matthew (age 10) and Joshua (age 8). Now both my sons have the option to stand or sit. They also have the option to kick their foot on a swinging bar under the desk. They can keep their desk cleaner too by putting their books and paperwork in the desk cubby.
It was an interesting experiment. I sold anything I could to come up with enough money to buy the desks and the chairs. The result was surprising. Matthew stands most of our school day. He likes to have his chair as high as it goes and if he does sit in his chair he is high enough he towers over his desk. Matthew also has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and used to have multiple meltdowns a week during school. He just could not concentrate. Now with the standing desk, he has about one meltdown a month in school. He doesn’t have to wiggle anymore because he gets to choose the position he likes. He has gotten more independent this year too.
Joshua, on the other hand, loves to sit. He was my child who fell back constantly in his old chair. He likes his chair as far down as possible and he swings his foot the whole school time! He swings his right foot for hours. Interesting enough, swinging his foot has stopped him from drumming on his desk.
They both love their desks so much. It has changed our school year in so many ways.
1) I do not feel like a broken record
2) Matthew and Joshua both concentrate better
3) No more drumming
4) Since the boys can concentrate better, we have gotten so much more school done this year. We are on our second math, science, and spelling book.
5) Fewer meltdowns
6) Much happier children
It is truly amazing the transformation our school day went through. If you have an extra wiggly child or a special needs child, I highly recommend trying a standing desk. It could transform your school day!
**Disclaimer – This post is based on my opinion. The standing desk may not work the same on your child.