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Mrs. Davalos from Great Falls MT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Be~YOU~tiful Learning

My students need their individual needs met through engaging items such as chew necklaces, musical instruments, fidget toys and much more.

  • $527 goal

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My Students

My students face daily challenges, constant changes, and feeling misunderstood. My students come to my classroom looking for stability, a safe environment, and embracing creativity. I work at a small school with the majority of students considered low income. Students often move in and out of our school due to family relocation or being involved in Foster Care.

Every child no matter the span of time that I have them or what background they come in with I strive to help them by being an active participant in what they need.

Many of my students have behavioral and learning disorders that provide struggles for them daily. Building long lasting relationships is the most important part of my job. This builds hope and encouragement for students to stay actively engaged in education. My job as a first grade teacher is a stepping stone to them being successful in grades to come. I strive to create a collaborative learning community so they feel comfortable learning and growing together. "Success in a diverse classroom comes from a balance of student self-awareness and community acceptance of others."~Beth Morrow

My Project

This project is meant to help my kids be themselves while learning self regulation skills, overcoming common boundaries, and building classroom culture. Since we have long winters we have many indoor recess days but our school is small so we do not have an area for gross motor play. This often heightens the students frustration. Along with this many of our students come with behavior issues they struggle with self regulation, working cooperatively, and problem solving skills. I aim to hone in on their unique needs and provide modeling positive skills for solutions.

The items I have chosen are meant to be utilized to provide outlets for each students unique challenges and to learn coping skills instead of leading to frustration.

Within the order I have an array of musical items. These will be used for whole group singing and circle learning time. Items such as pencils and grips are to help the students who get frustrated with writing because their fine motor skills haven't been fully developed or worked on. The tubing is to add to the top of pencils for students who chew on pencils. The chew necklaces are to help intense chewers. The rocking chair is for a calming area for students to sit and use self regulation techniques to self soothe. The active play items such as parachute, balance toys, and blocks are to help students get out their energy on the days when we are unable to go outside. Each of these items with modeling and relationship building will help students to meet their emotional needs and improve their educational engagement.

Mrs. Davalos
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC210 - Sounds of Nature Instrument Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
Rehabilitation Advantage Pull Buoy Curve-A-Beam Game • Amazon Business $59.00 1 $59.00
KEET Roundy Rocking Kid's Chair Gingham, Green • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
Edushape Easy Grip Soft Foam Sensory Puzzle Blocks, 18 Piece • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
Frunsi 12 in 1 Musical Instruments Xylophone Set Percussion Toy Rhythm Band Set Drum Maracas Bells Egg Shaker with Carry Bag for Kids, Toddler, Children • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
School Smart Stepping Buckets Balance Builders - 5 x 12 inch - Set of 6 - 2 Each of 3 Primary Colors • Amazon Business $32.24 1 $32.24
Hopscotch Set by JuicyBear - Fun Indoor or Outdoor Lawn Games for Kids with Handy Carry Bag • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
Sand Timer EMDMAK 6 Colors Hourglass Sandglass Sand Clock Timer Set 30sec / 1min / 2mins / 3mins / 5mins / 10mins (12) • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
The Pencil Grip Crossover Grip Ergonomic Writing Aid for Righties and Lefties, 6 Count Metallic Colors (TPG-17706) • Amazon Business $9.67 2 $19.34
12-foot Play Parachute Kids Canopy Children Wind Tent • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Fidget Toys - Stress & Anxiety Relief Sensory Toy for Autistic Children - Fidgets Figit Therapy Toys for Kids & Adults Dealing with ADHD, Autism, ADD & OCD + Carry Pouch, 2 Carabiners + eBook • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Cocoboo 60pcs Wooden Sharpened Hexagon Short Small Mini Half Pencils with Eraser (30pcs Blue ,30pcs Green ) with 5pcs Pencil Sharpeners and 5pcs Pencil Grips for Golf, Events, Children,Anywhere • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Sensory Chew Necklace Set BRICK (4-VALUE PACK) | Safe Calming Silicone Chew Toy for Autism, SPD, Biting, Teething & PDD | Fidget Toy for Boys and Girls with ADHD | TUFFBITE (Red/Blue/Orange/Green) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Kabi Set of 6 Wooden Percussion Musical Egg Maracas Egg Shakers Musical Instrument Toy for Kids • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Learn To Brew LLC Food Grade Vinyl Tubing - 10 feet 5/16 ID - 7/16 OD • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00

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