Kids are more inclined to pay attention and are more open to learning if they are comfortable during class. You can undoubtedly influence the overall learning environment in your classroom by favoring chairs and tables that are the best size for the children in your care.
We know that figuring out an appropriate chair and table heights can be complicated and a little frustrating, which is why we've devised some easy guidelines for you to get as you take seats and tables for your classroom.
Chairs are prepared in a mixture of sizes, designs, materials, and finishes. Be sure to choose chairs that will be proper for children to sit in a while also complementing the other furniture in your classroom. A simple rule is to recognize when you're trying to find an appropriate size of chair is that children's feet should be able to touch the floor when they lie back in the chairs.
Suitable chair seat height is often based on children's age, but you should also examine any authorizing or accreditation requirements on chair size you may have to meet.
The usual rule for boards in early care and teaching classrooms is the area among the seat of the chair, and the back of the desk should be 7-8 inches. That's just the right size of space for kids to be able to fit their legs underneath the table, and it also ensures that the table is low enough for children to hold their elbows conveniently.
When pulling out tables, you should also consider any special requirements students who are in your class. If a child is in a wheelchair that doesn't have a built-in desk, they will require a table in the classroom that is high enough for them to sit at conveniently. Licensing and accreditation organizations may also play a role in which table size is essential for your students.
Some children need a movement to focus, which is why ergonomic K'Motion Stools and other similar accommodation options are a favorite way to help students pay attention. Read product specifications for age references when considering alternative seating options.