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Mrs. Haan from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Lending Library for Little Learners

My students need board books to support early literacy skills and simple play objects to motivate them to communicate.

  • $552 goal

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My Students

Our school serves students and their families by providing in-home services and resources to support families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

My students are curious, creative infants and toddlers with speech-language disorders, developmental disabilities, or other health impairments.They come from all different backgrounds, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses.

As a speech therapy special education service coordinator, I provide functional therapy in the homes and communities of my students. My students are excited to learn and explore alongside their parents during home visits. The infants/toddlers that I serve have difficulty communicating their wants and needs due to speech, language, and/or sensory needs. My team and I work with families to provide support and educate families about speech-language facilitation and positive behavior intervention. One of my goals is to provide my students a way to successfully communicate early on so that they don’t feel limited by their communication difficulties.

The parents and caregivers that I work with are engaged, invested, and eager to support the communication needs of their children. Our school strives to support students with developmental delays and strives to support their families.

My Project

I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist who has been helping children ages birth to three for 5 years. Many of my families do not have the personal resources to buy books and age-appropriate toys. Other families want help identifying which materials are most appropriate for encouraging language development and interaction. With increasing pressure to have high-tech toys, personal tablets, and toys that make sounds and light up, students are bypassing language learning tools that we took for granted growing up - tools that make a huge impact by allowing children to engage, pay attention, play, and communicate! I want to help parents get back to the roots of play - where the focus is on parent child interaction and social communication.

Here is how you can help.I want to create a lending library that young learners and their families can use outside of our speech therapy home visits to support communication development.

The most progress occurs when parents have the knowledge and the resources to work on communication and literacy with their own child. My students are motivated by fun, colorful board books and touch-and-feel pictures related to everyday routines. In the past, I’ve used books like “Moo, Baa, La, La, La” during speech therapy to help spark an interest in reading and back-and-forth play at an early age. The toddlers that I work with are more likely to imitate gestures and words when they are motivated and having fun. Age-appropriate and motivating materials also help improve joint attention skills, eye contact, pointing, and early literacy skills. All of these skills support the development of communication skills in young learners and empower their parents to spend face-to-face time engaging in these communication activities with their child on a daily basis!

Mrs. Haan
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pack of 6 - 32 Oz Large Clear Empty Plastic Storage Jars with Lids - Durable Round Food Grade Air Tight Containers - Multi Purpose Jar BPA Free • Amazon Business $19.69 2 $39.38
Champion Sports Parachute, 6-Foot Diameter • Amazon Business $12.92 3 $38.76
Joyin Toy 12 Pack 14'' Big Bubble Wand Assortment (1 Dozen) - Super Value Pack of Summer Toy Party Favor • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
Edushape See-Me Sensory Balls, 4 Inch, Translucent, 4 Ball Set • Amazon Business $12.85 2 $25.70
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors (Amazon Exclusive), Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Talk with Me! The Big Book of Exclamations 2 • Amazon Business $21.95 1 $21.95
Barnyard Animals With Sounds Carrier Set by Animal House • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
No No Yes Yes (Leslie Patricelli board books) • Amazon Business $5.69 3 $17.07
Yummy Yucky (Leslie Patricelli board books) • Amazon Business $5.06 3 $15.18
My First Touch and Feel Picture Cards: First Words (My 1st T&F Picture Cards) • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
ALEX Toys Artist Studio Wooden Dough Tools Set 12 Piece • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
12 Plastic Kids Binoculars, Asst Colors, Party Favors, Pretend Play • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
Animal Sounds (Tiny Touch) • Amazon Business $4.51 3 $13.53
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden ABC/123 Blocks Set With Storage Pouch (50 pcs; colors may vary) • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Bits and Pieces - Set of Four (4) Wind Up Flipping Animals - Rabbit, Monkey, Cat and Frog Do Flips • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Moo Baa La La La • Amazon Business $4.19 3 $12.57
My First Body (My First (DK Publishing)) • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Baby Touch and Feel: Mealtime (Baby Touch & Feel) • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Water Gel Beads MarvelBeads Non-Toxic Rainbow Mix (1 Pound Bulk) for Orbeez Spa Refill, Kids Sensory Toys and Décor (16 ounces) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug Farm Wooden Chunky Puzzle (8 pcs) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Melissa & Doug Insects Wooden Chunky Puzzle (7 pcs) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Cars and Trucks • Amazon Business $4.66 2 $9.32
Bits and Pieces - Set of Four (4) Wind Up Running Jungle Animals - Wind-Up Monkey, Lion, Zebra and Giraffe Toys • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Melissa & Doug Safari Wooden Chunky Puzzle (8 pcs) • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
Rhythm Band Large Multi-Color Rhythm Scarves (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Melissa & Doug Vehicles Wooden Peg Puzzle (8 pcs) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dough Tools - 5 Piece Assortment • Amazon Business $7.80 1 $7.80

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