Better Memory & Ability To Focus
Besides the obvious fun factor the teacher brought the balls in after discovering that children “learn better in a dynamic environment that uses sensory input”. She also decided to use them because yoga balls and other products such as the Sitfit stimulate cross-lateral movement which forces the children’s bodies to compensate and make minor adjustments to remain balanced. These subtle adjustments stimulate both hemispheres of the brain which leads to better memory and ability to focus.
The teacher, Janet Jansen, commented that prior to adopting the balls as chairs in the classroom students were typically lethargic and inattentive until approximately lunch time. After bringing in the balls she noticed that the students were more attentive and awake, which made a significant difference to the classroom environment.
Less Fidgeting, More Learning
One of the other benefits that quickly became apparent was a reduction in the amount of fidgeting such as squirming in the chairs, clicking pencils and other restless behaviors. The kids seemed more engaged and focused.
Improving Posture And Core Strength For Kids
With obesity and lack of exercise being such an issue in our schools the balls and products like the Sitfit bring a fitness component to the classroom as well. Sitting on a ball or a Sitfit forces the children to sit with proper posture and also engages and strengthens core muscles.
More information on the benefits of a yoga ball, Sitfit or Sitfit Jr. for kids can be found here.