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  • $192 goal

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Mrs. Szczecinski
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
  • $0 still needed

Becoming Social Thinkers in Special Education

My students need books by Julia Cook to teach specific social skills.

My Students

Our school is a therapeutic day school program, the task of which is to provide emotional support and academic opportunities to children who have been unable to succeed in community school settings due to emotional, learning, and behavioral difficulties.

The majority of our students live at a residential children's home and are wards of the state.

Our school runs as a trauma-informed program, aiming to help our students grow from their pasts and learn how to cope in effective ways.

Despite the challenges that our students face, they are incredible children. Their resiliency, love for learning, and curiosity are truly inspiring. I strive to make my classroom a welcoming and safe community and to help my students explore learning and grow into independent and productive citizens.

My Project

My students have significant emotional behavior disorders stemming from trauma and missing skills.

Let's just say social concepts do not come easy to my students.

While many children naturally pick up on social skills like having a filter, accepting defeat, being flexible and waiting, my students require explicit instruction on these areas so we can develop the skills necessary.

Julia Cook is a fabulous author who has written and illustrated a variety of exceptional books for children just like the ones in my classroom! The books Cook writes are about topics like losing games, not letting one bad thing ruin your entire day, accepting the word "no", accepting feedback from others, interrupting, and more.

We are requesting a variety of books written by Julia Cook to enhance our classroom library and our social skills lessons. I plan to directly teach each skill by reading her book and working with my students to create anchor charts and helpful reminders on how we can use these skills in and out of our classroom.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Of Course It's a Big Deal (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing Vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $9.12 1 $9.12
I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
My Day Is Ruined!: A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $8.61 1 $8.61
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $8.26 1 $8.26
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $7.44 1 $7.44
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.11 1 $6.11
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $6.03 1 $6.03
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $5.52 1 $5.52
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29

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