Letting Go of Assigned Classroom Seating in Pre-K & Kindergarten

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What types of seating do you have in your classroom? When we take the leap and remove assigned classroom seats or the need for a full set of desks or tables – we open up a lot more room for playful learning opportunities. And I mean literal, actual space! Check out how seating works now that I decided to stress less about WHERE my students were seated and instead focus more on the quality of their daily learning experiences. Maybe you’ll join me in letting go of assigned classroom seating in your Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom!

*For even more teacher tips and how to create a playful learning environment in your classroom, be sure to join us in P.L.A.Y. (Playful Learning All Year)!

Join me in letting go of assigned classroom seating in your Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom to make room for more playful learning!

Letting Go of Assigned Classroom Seating

Are you ready to ditch assigned seating in your classroom? Sometimes as teachers we can be so set in our current ways that we miss out on great opportunities to change things up for a more positive and effective learning environment. Letting go of assigned seating may feel hard at first, but it can free up your learning space for so much more!

Here are my top reasons for letting go of assigned seating and making more room for playful learning in the process!

Small tables make great workspaces for students and also are great for play.

My number one reason for finally moving on from assigned classroom seating was SPACE! I wanted the space and my classroom set up at the time wasn’t doing me any favors. Maybe you’re feeling the same now as I was then.

Incorporating a variety of seating and getting rid of bulky tables and desks (or using them differently) allows me to have more room for items like shelving, kitchens, blocks, etc.

Getting rid of bulky tables and desks allows me to have more room for items like shelving, kitchens, blocks, etc.

Now, I didn’t just throw out all my tables and desks. Instead I asked myself, “Is there a better way to use them?”

For example, kids can use tables for multiple purposes throughout the day. The same table we used for play in the morning can be used for free-flowing centers in the afternoon!

I also now use the tables as center dividers. This creates more clearly defined spaces within the room.

I also now use the tables as center dividers. This creates more clearly defined spaces within the room.

When I decided that I wasn’t going to assign seats I knew that I needed options. In our classroom we have flexible seating. That means we use cushions, tables, chairs, mats, and more!

Since we are NOT limited by an assigned seating chart, the options are endless!

In our classroom we have flexible seating. That means we use cushions, tables, chairs, mats, and more!

What type of seating do you currently have in your classroom? I’d love to know!

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  1. What about hygiene? I wouldn’t want my kid to be sitting on the floor full time. They will be forced to touch the floor and when you factor in shoes and mud/dirt that’s a nightmare. Plus, what about tiredness/comfort? Sitting on the floor full time cannot be that comfortable otherwise other grades would implement this.

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for checking out the post! The awesome thing about flexible seating is that it’s just that – flexible! This means you can have tables, chairs, bean bags – whatever you like! My class has a variety of all types, and since kids (and adults too) are often more engaged when they are comfortable, this lets us all have more choice and autonomy in our day over where our bodies go. And we always love a good soap and water hand-washing at anytime, since it’s Kindergarten after all. 🙂

    1. Hi Anna,

      Hi there! Depending on the year, we have had breakfast, snack, and lunch in our room, yes! I still have enough table seats for students, but rather than be in the middle of the room they are integrated into areas. I also seat a few more students at them for meals than I would if it were all day seating. Hope that helps!

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