I HAVE NEW CHAIRS!
AND, I AM CAPS LOCK EXCITED
TO TELL YOU ABOUT THEM! :-)
A few weeks ago, I was approached my my assistant principal with the news that there was some money available for some extra materials for the reading program I teach. Was I interested in selecting some things?
SERIOUSLY! When does that ever happen?! Of course, I immediately
screamed, "YES!!!!" smiled and said, "Thank you, I would love to order a few things." While I ordered some usual items like folders and notebooks, I was really looking for some floor chairs for independent reading time. I searched high and low until I found these on Amazon.com. They come in a bunch of different colors. I didn't get to select a color. I would have loved the lime green, but it's probably for the best as the darker blue will hide more. The price on Amazon varies according to color. I have seen that a few other times on Amazon with products and can never figure that out. The prices range, as I'm typing this, from $33.03 to $59.99!! Crazy expensive!
I also found them sold as "teacher folding floor seats" on the Kaplan School Supply site for $44.95. Crazy expensive again! I don't' know where my school ordered them from or exactly how much they paid, but I do know that we use specific vendors that give the district a discount so I'm sure we didn't pay anywhere near those prices. If we had, I probably would have gotten just one! :-)
I will say they are worth the money. I teach 4th and 5th grade students who range in size from fun-kid size to almost looking full grown adult size! I need floor chairs that were going to be sturdy and withstand some weight. The kids love them and say they are really comfortable.
The chairs are adjustable, but I haven't really told my friends that yet! The one rule we have is no rocking in the chairs. They are very light weight and lay flat for easy storage. Also, there is a strap if you are on the move. I saw these chairs advertised as beach chairs on one site, perhaps that explains the strap. They would be great to take outside for reading. The chairs are covered in a wipe-able fabric that would clean up easily, too.
So, yes these chairs can be a bit on the pricey side. But so far, they seem sturdy enough for my older friends and have inspired them to read more just so they can sit in them. Let's hope the shine doesn't wear off too soon! While these may not be in your budget, if you do happen to come across some extra school funds, add these to your wish list. You won't regret it!
As always, this is not a paid endorsement. I just like my chairs!