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Sit and Stand from a Chair

Material
A chair

Purpose

Direct: To assist the child in coping with the movements necessary for properly standing and rising from a chair. 
Indirect: So the child does not hurt himself when sitting by missing the seat of the chair.

Points of Interests
Rotating enough to just see the right side of the chair but as to not fall over from this turning.

Age
2 1/2 onwards

Presentation

Introduction
Prepare a child’s chair with sufficient room around it. Invite 3-4 children to come participate in your lesson by telling them you have something to show them. Show each child where exactly to sit and once the children are seated, you sit so that you can see them all, they can all see you, and yet you are not in front of them. Call their attention to the chair and tell them that you are going to show them how to sit and stand up from a chair.

Sitting

  1. Tell the children you will now stand up from the chair.
  2. Stand with your back to the seat of the chair, with the back part of the chair furthest away for you.
  3. Stand so that the backs of your legs are touching the chair.
  4. Turn your body enough to the right so that you can see the chair. Place your right thumb on the top right side of the seat, near the middle.
  5. Wrap your four right fingers around the base of the seat.
  6. Place your left thumb on the top left side of the chair, near the middle.
  7. Wrap your left fingers around the base of the seat.
  8. Keeping your grip on the seat, lower your body into the seat of the chair.
  9. Lean your back against the back of the chair.
  10. Lift your left thumb and then your left fingers.
  11. Lift your right thumb and then your right fingers.
  12. Tell the children: "I am now sitting on the chair"

Standing

  1. Place your right thumb on the top of the right side of the seat near the middle.
  2. Wrap your four right fingers around the base of the seat.
  3. Place your left thumb on the top of the left side of the chair near the middle.
  4. Wrap your four left fingers around the base of the seat.
  5. Lean slightly forwards and with the help of your arms, push yourself into standing position.
  6. During this movement, your hands will come off the seat.

Offer each child the opportunity to sit and stand up from the chair.

Once they have all had a turn excuse them one at a time, making sure each child has thought of what he would like to de next.

Note
Make sure you sit the children so that they will each have a clear view of the chair and of your actions. The best way to do this is to stand with your side to the children in the beginning of the lesson.

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