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Ms. DeDell from Orlando FL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Puzzle a Day Keeps us Learning Always!

Help me give my students opportunities to problem solve, enhance their spatial awareness and practice co-operative learning strategies.

  • $228 goal

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My Students

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

-John Dewey

This above quote is something I think of daily as I walk into work. I work in a Title 1 school in the north of Orlando. My school serves some of the neediest children in our city. We have a population of students coming from low income backgrounds with some big needs. The majority of our students are minorities and about 19% of them are ELL and 16% are ESE. These statistics presents some significant challenges in meeting the needs of everyone.

My students are the youngest in this school. I work with 4 and 5 year olds in the VPK classroom. My students come to me already behind their peers. Research tells us that low income children go into kindergarten with a 30 million word deficit from their high income peers. This means that from the very beginning my kiddos face an uphill battle for school readiness. We work hard on building early literacy and math skills that will give them a boost towards success in the later grades.

My Project

Puzzles are a staple of a an early childhood classroom. They provide so many different opportunities layered on top of each other. They address social skills and co-operative learning strategies. With those skills comes communication and vocabulary practice. Puzzles use fine motor skills and spatial awareness in order to effectively solve them. Finally puzzles teach perseverance as very few students are able to solve something on the first try.

In my classroom puzzles are a daily activity.

My students love to be able to sit down with a friend or a teacher and do a puzzle together. Currently we have very few puzzles. I have spent most of the year going to different thrift stores in an attempt to make our small stock of puzzles grow. These donations would provide puzzles that are engaging and challenging enough for my students.

Ms. DeDell
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Board (Developmental Toy, Helps Develop Fine Motor Skills, Smooth-Sanded Wood) • Amazon Business $21.49 1 $21.49
Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board (Developmental Toys, 6 Removable Pieces & Puzzle Board, Practice Fine Motor Skills) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Babe Rock Wooden Number Puzzles for Toddlers 2-3 Years Old Boy Girl Learning Toys 23 Pieces • Amazon Business $18.88 1 $18.88
Melissa & Doug Locks & Latches Board Wooden Educational Toy (Sturdy Wooden Construction, Helps Develop Fine-Motor Skills) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Melissa & Doug ABC Picture Boards - Educational Toy With 13 Double-Sided Wooden Boards and 52 Letters • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
Fansteck Button Art Toy for Toddlers, Color Matching Early Learning Educational Mosaic Pegboard , Safe Nontoxic ABS Plastic Premium Material, 12 Pictures and 46 Buttons ,with a Bag Easy to Storag • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
FK216 - Children of the World Floor Puzzle • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
FK224 - Giant Fire Truck Floor Puzzle • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
Lewo Wooden Puzzle Toddler Toys Shapes Sorter Preschool Geometric Blocks Stacking Games for Kids • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Melissa & Doug Self-Correcting Number Puzzles, Developmental Toys, Wooden Storage Box, Matching & Counting Skill Development, 40 Pieces, 12.75" H x 5.75" W x 2.75" L • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49

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