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Helping students to line up and sit down in the classroom

Lining up in the classroom is more challenging than you may think.


As a Developmental Educator, part of my role is to help children cope in a busy classroom, particularly during transitions from one task to another, or one class to another.

For children with developmental delay and spatial awareness difficulties you will observe them bumping in to other children in the line, losing their pencil case and books, and either invading another child's space or being far away from where the other children are lining up.

Think back to when children start to learn their motor skills. Children will fumble over the ball, drop objects on to the floor, or miss their mouth when trying to eat. This is because the skill of spatial awareness and knowing when our body parts are in relation to other body parts and objects is extremely complex and extremely challenging.


Learn more about spatial awareness here.


To be able to line up, children need to understand where their body is in relation to the child in front of them and behind them, they also need to understand how far away their body is compared to tables and chairs, doorways, etc.


These On Your Marks Dots from Elizabeth Richards help children by placing a visual support on the ground, teaching their mind and body about the space between their body and other children. The On Your Marks Dots also act as a visual reminder about how to line up between activities and classes.


Similar difficulties of spatial awareness apply when children try to sit on the floor in a circle.


Children with developmental delay will often sit on top of other students, roll around on the floor as they are unable to understand where their spot is; lean up against tables, walls and chairs as the furniture tells their body where their body is in the classroom; and children who struggle with understanding their body's space will often fidget and be easily distracted during circle time.


The On Your Marks Dots give children a visual support for knowing where to sit. It also provides children with education about appropriate personal space when sitting in a group. By encouraging children to sit away from tables and chairs, children are able to strengthen their core muscles, a very important motor skill for their overall health and wellbeing.


Learn more about w-sitting, poor core strength, and spatial awareness here.

Order your On Your Marks Dots today using this link - click here.


If you're worried about your students fidgeting with their On Your Marks Dot as they sit, remind yourself how many times you fidget with your pen during a staff meeting. These Dots are durable so will handle children fidgeting with them. Fidgeting can be great for anxiety and focus levels. If you have any questions feel free to comment below.


Thank you Elizabeth Richards for these images.


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