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Ms. Catino from Worcester MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

ABCs: Animals, Books, and Creative Play!

Help me give my students books, animals to play with, and a laminating machine to support their learning and ever-changing interests.

  • $382 goal

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My Students

Each child brings with them their own unique set of experiences and ways of interacting with the world. In their own special ways they approach everything with wonder and enthusiasm. It is so much fun to witness their discoveries every day.

We are a classroom of scientists and explorers, musicians and storytellers, meeting each day as artists and engineers, question-askers and answer-seekers.

Our days are filled with smiles and conversations. Many of the students in my class have already experienced many hardships and this is their very first time going to school. I would like to be able to offer my students the materials and opportunities needed to build a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning...and of loving learning! Each student deserves access to the materials, experiences, and opportunities necessary for future success, in school and beyond.

My Project

With more than half the class dual language learners from all over the world, play is an important vehicle for us to learn words, build confidence with our vocabularies, and practice communicating our ideas. Since children can have such diverse learning styles, when they are able to explore different materials and test their theories, they have a wonderful opportunity to develop their own thoughts and express them effectively to others. The children in my classroom are curious and creative.

These books, animals and colorful scarves will strengthen our play.

The waterway building set will lead to hours of fun and STEM exploration at the water table, a place they love to be! A variety of animals will allow us to learn about different countries and promote global conversations. Silk scarves will transform our dance movements, while making excellent terrain for the animals as they become grass, mountains, or the ocean through our imaginations. White lab coats will help us become scientists and doctors at science and in dramatic play. The turtle puppet will help strengthen our storytelling and aid in feelings discussions along with the new books. A laminating machine will allow us to laminate materials and pictures to strengthen their play and learning and creating lasting documentation.

The cognitive, social, creative, and language skills that my classroom will gain from these toys and books will go a long way towards instilling a love of learning and discovery.

Ms. Catino
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
STEM Builder Series Build a Waterway • Kaplan Early Learning Company $35.96 1 $35.96
AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator Machine • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Boley 12 Piece Safari Animal Set - Different Varieties of Zoo Animals, Jungle Animals, African Animals, and Baby Animals - Great Educational and Child Development Toy for Kids, Children, Toddlers • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings • Amazon Business $17.31 1 $17.31
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 100-Pack, 8.9 x 11.4 inches, Letter Size Sheets (TP3854-100) • Amazon Business $15.34 1 $15.34
If Sharks Disappeared (If Animals Disappeared) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
UANDME Polar Animal Toy Figurines Set, Includes Polar Bear Family & Emperor Penguin Family Figures • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Terra by Battat – Wild Animals – Assorted Miniature Wild Animal Toys & Cake Toppers For Kids 3+ (60 Pc) • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
Blovec Juggling Silk Scarves, 30 pcs Square Dance Scarf Magic Movement Scarves Performance Props Accessories 24 by 24 Inch in 10 Colors • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Little Turtle Hand Puppet • Kaplan Early Learning Company $12.59 1 $12.59
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles (Children's Story Books, Sea Turtle Gifts, Moon Books for Kids, Children's Environment Books, Kid's Turtle Books) • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
White Kid Lab Coat for Scientist Doctors Role Play Costume Set (Medium, White) • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
White Kid Lab Coat for Scientist Doctors Role Play Costume Set (Small, White) • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Bememo 16 Pieces Realistic Sea Turtle Lifelike Tortoises Ocean Animal Plastic Small Turtle Figurines for Party Favor Decoration • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Hair Love • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Spring Books for Kids, Gardening for Kids, Preschool Science Books, Children's Nature Books) • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88

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