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Mrs. Donato from San Diego CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Book Bags for Ready Readers!

Help me give my students tangible story-telling materials to recreate familiar and beloved classroom literature.

  • $384 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students in my Early Childhood Special Education classroom are diverse, curious, and typically excited to come to school. My class includes students without disabilities and students who experience a variety of disabilities, from a speech and language delay to a physical disability to severely impacting Autism. This creates an exciting and challenging classroom environment. Instruction is differentiated to accommodate many different learning styles and developmental abilities while maintaining a child-friendly environment where play is the key.

Our preschool class is located on an elementary school campus in a low-income neighborhood, so many of my students also come from families who do not have the capability to provide them with food or clothing at home, let alone the learning experiences children need and crave.

Because of our population, our school does not typically benefit from the donations and parent volunteer time that schools in higher-income neighborhoods may benefit from...or the budget these schools may receive. Many of our teachers work with 30-year-old materials, inappropriately sized furniture, and their own funds. We do our best by our students to create a fun and enriching learning environment for them.

My Project

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is best of all."-Jacqueline Kennedy.

Do you remember digging into fantastical picture books when you were young?

Picture books where a cat can rap, a fish can learn to share, and an old lady can swallow anything she puts her mind to? These are the magical memories I want to create for my preschool students...the seeds planted for a lifelong love of the worlds reading opens up to us!

Part of early childhood curriculum and expectations is the ability to recall details from familiar texts, including retelling stories or relating them to current events in student's life. We practice this often in our large group literacy. By providing tangible felt figures and felt boards in my classroom for students to access independently during facilitate play periods, I am giving them the tools to carry out what they've learned on their own time.

Tangible supplemental materials can also be important learning tools for my students with disabilities. They allow for a more concrete understanding of stories that some students may lack from written materials alone.

The materials in this project, including felt figurines, felt boards, and canvas bags to store the felt materials in, will be made available year-round in our reading center. I can refresh them when we change themes or books being read, and hopefully,​ help cement some of the early literacy skills and experiences my low-income students may not get at home!

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

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3 donors3 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 32 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LA998 - Storytelling Lapboard • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 5 $49.95
Lily Queen Natural Canvas Tote Bags DIY for Crafting and Decorating Reusable Grocery Washable Bag Shopping Bag (Natural - 6 Pack) • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
RR543 - The Rainbow Fish Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
RR513 - No, David! Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LA954 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LA956 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
RR677 - Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
RR514 - Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99

Materials cost

$267.87

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$24.51

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.02

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$326.40

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$57.60

Total project goal

$384.00

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$384.00

2 Donors

-$192.47

Donations toward project cost

-$163.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$28.87

match offer

-$191.53

Match offer toward project cost

-$162.80

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$28.73

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$0.00

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