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Willmar classroom to use balls instead of chairs

A Willmar, Minn. kindergarten classroom will use stability balls instead of chairs this fall, the Pioneer Press reported. The overhaul in classroom seating options is part of the SMART (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training) Program, which incorporates physical activity into learning and brain development. Sixty-five teachers from Willmar's school district received training this month on implementing the program into their classrooms. Kindergarten teacher Chelsea Brown, who's mother is the trainer for the SMART curriculum, discovered last year that the stability balls helped keep the more active students in their seats and focused on their work.