Home Schooling Q & A

Does my child need a proper desk chair or can I make do with a dining chair we have at home? 
Depending on the age and height of the child will determine what options for chair and table is suitable. For little children a dining chair and table will most likely be too high for them and any modifications eg. cushion on chair at those heights may pose a danger of falling. You might have other options that would better suit your child eg. kids activity table. If your child is older eg. teenager, then the dining table and chair might suffice with some modifications. Every scenario is independent of the person and the available furniture you may have, therefore an assessment is always beneficial to discuss how best to set your child up. 

My child prefers to work on the floor. I’m concerned because they are hunched over all day. Could this develop into a problem?
During these times, children of all ages are now being home schooled. The age of the child and what they would do in their “normal school day” will help determine what positions your child may work in. In short, younger children are more adaptable to floor play/work and will tolerate those postures more easily. However, any position that is sustained for long periods of time is not advised. Regular breaks and movement would be best suited to counter the hunched position. 

My child’s feet don’t touch the floor because the chair is too high. Is this bad?
This is applicable to adults also. It is best to have the chair height lower with your feet firmly planted on the floor. However, if the chair is not adjustable or you do not have a chair low enough in your house, a footrest (or something you can use as a footrest) is advised.  When your feet are supported this takes pressure off your lower back. 

Should I be getting my child out of their seat to stretch their legs and straighten their posture? If so, how often?
Yes. It is best for your child to take breaks every 30-45minutes if they are in a stationary position. If your child is regularly moving about, the need for regular stretching or movement is not as frequent during the day. However, if they are moving around and regularly in bent over positions for example, then doing activities in the opposite direction like standing or walking will help to balance your body out. 

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