My awesome second graders come from a very low socioeconomic background with the majority falling below the poverty line. They are mainly English language learners (80%) and many of them live in homes which house multiple families under the same roof. The median income is well below the poverty level, with some being homeless. Some of these seven- and eight-year olds have the sole responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings while their parents are working, with many parents working more than one job; others are latchkey children.
Our school is Title I and 90% of the children receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.
In addition to the many challenges that these hard-working students face, they also are coping with the fact that our school is situated in a high crime area with frequent gang activity. My children have extremely limited access to technology in their homes, yet with all these obstacles, my students come to school with much enthusiasm and an eager desire to learn.
“Empathy is ...seeing the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.”...by anonymous. I strongly believe in this statement. Although I teach alone without support staff, in a general education self contained classroom, I have students with ADHD, autism and learning disabilities. Some are mainstreamed while others have been in my class since the beginning of the year. These students require special seating, tools and other things to accommodate their needs to enhance their learning.
This is why I am asking for some wobble chairs, balance ball chairs, floor seat cushions and fidget necklaces to facilitate their learning.
I am also requesting some classroom books about children with autism, learning disabilities, down syndrome, and ADHD, so they can read to gain an understanding and empathy for those around them. Education needs to be accessible to all!
|Learniture Active Learning Chair/ Stool, 18" H, Blue, LNT-3046-18BL • Amazon Business||$63.50||4||$254.00|
|ECR4Kids SoftZone Floor Cushions with Handles, 2" Deluxe Foam, Round, Assorted, (6-Pack) • Amazon Business||$61.99||1||$61.99|
|WALIKI TOYS Children's Chair Ball with Feet, Alternative Classroom Seating (Inflatable Balance Ball Chair With Stability Legs for School, Pump Included, 18"/45CM, Blue) • Amazon Business||$15.99||2||$31.98|
|ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Blue • Amazon Business||$28.49||1||$28.49|
|CanDo NonSlip Inflatable Exercise Ball with Stability Feet, Yellow, 17.7" • Amazon Business||$11.25||2||$22.50|
|WALIKI Toys Children's Chair Ball with Feet, Alternative Classroom Seating (Inflatable Balance Ball Chair with Stability Legs for School, Pump Included, 18"/45CM, Orange) • Amazon Business||$15.99||1||$15.99|
|WALIKI Toys Children's Chair Ball with', Alternative Classroom Seating (Inflatable Balance Ball Chair with Stability Legs for School, Pump Included, 18"/45cm, Purple) • Amazon Business||$15.99||1||$15.99|
|Special People Special Ways • Amazon Business||$12.43||1||$12.43|
|SENSO MEGA BUNDLE Sensory Chewing Necklace - Silicone Chewies for ADHD, Teething, Autism, Biting, Oral Motor Chewy Stick/Tube Toy Jewelry for Boys, Girls, Adults, Toddlers - UPGRADED TOUGHER CHEW • Amazon Business||$11.95||1||$11.95|
|I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business||$11.66||1||$11.66|
|I Believe in Myself (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 6) • Amazon Business||$11.39||1||$11.39|
|Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business||$10.23||1||$10.23|
|You're Perfect the Way You Are! • Amazon Business||$9.50||1||$9.50|
|What's Inside You Is Inside Me, Too: My Chromosomes Make Me Unique • Amazon Business||$9.39||1||$9.39|
|What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business||$9.30||1||$9.30|
|My Friend Has Down Syndrome (Let's Talk About It Series) • Amazon Business||$6.36||1||$6.36|
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This classroom project was brought to life by Carol Kupers Whalen Memorial Fund and 5 other donors.