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Ms. Laniado from Indianapolis IN is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Breathing Bears! Calm, Cared for and Connected Kids!

My students need a class set of social & emotional learning, mindfulness & yoga materials and tools to promote positive behaviors and to help them feel calm.

  • $521 goal

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My Students

Our students are resilient, diverse and energetic kiddos. From students with special needs to students who have experienced different levels of trauma, to students in need of alternative learning methods, my students continue to show up, ready to push forward despite challenges they've experienced. Our students love to be out in nature, exploring, playing, and learning together.

Our students need love, care, and connection.

Despite the many challenges that come from living in the community, such as violence, drugs, gangs, and incarceration, my students need ways to help them to cope and heal. This year, we will be focusing on teaching Social and Emotional skills to all students to ensure they are equipped with the tools they need to be successful.

My Project

These materials will be used in our classrooms to ensure our students are learning how to understand and express their emotions in a safe and healthy way. We are creating our first ever "Amygdala Reset Room," which will be a space for students to spend time choosing from different centers based on what they feel they need to self-soothe. Students might visit the Mindfulness and Yoga corner and learn some breathing techniques with a breathing ball or meditate on a cushion. They might choose the "Kinesthetic Korner," and use puzzles, legos and more to express creativity by building something that resonates with them. Soothing nature sounds, glowing lights, and aromatherapy oils will all be used to activate their senses.

We are teaching self-awareness and self-regulation with the goal that students will have tools to communicate their feelings and breathe through challenges.

The yoga blocks add support and stability for students to get into yoga poses. The yoga straps help kids to build flexibility and release tension in their bodies. The active yoga activity blocks are a self-guided game where students benefit from strength building exercises while working on balance and focus. These items will help students build the skill sets necessary to cope with their environments while reinforcing their abilities to self-regulate. We want to give our students choice and autonomy so that when they leave school, they can use the resources they learned while they were here!

Ms. Laniado
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 250 students.

10 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Yoga Strap - Best For Stretching - 6 Colors - Instructional Video - Durable Cotton With Metal D-Ring, Light Blue • Amazon Business $5.99 22 $131.78
Fledo Yoga Blocks (Set of 2) 9"x6"x4" - Eco-friendly EVA Foam Brick, Featherweight and Comfy - Provides Stability and Balance - Ideal for Exercise, Pilates, Workout, Fitness & Gym (Blue) • Amazon Business $9.49 5 $47.45
Foam Mat Floor Tiles, Interlocking EVA Foam Padding by Stalwart – Soft Flooring for Exercising, Yoga, Camping, Kids, Babies, Playroom – 8 Piece Set • Amazon Business $10.52 4 $42.08
5 Pcs Large Mandala Floor Pillows Wholesale Lot Square Indian Cushion Cover 35" Oversized Cushion Cover Cotton Seating Ottoman Poufs Dog / Pets Bed Sold By Handicraft-Palace • Amazon Business $38.20 1 $38.20
White Noise Sound Machine | Portable Sleep Therapy for Home, Office, Baby & Travel | 8 Relaxing & Soothing Nature Sounds, 6 Color-Changing Options, Aux-In Capable | HoMedics • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Black Light, YeeSite 24W 8LED UV Light with Metal Housing Glow in the Dark Party Supplies • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Dreambuilder Toy Building Bricks 1030 Pieces Set, 1000 Basic Building Blocks in 10 popular colors,30 bonus fun Pieces includes Wheels, Doors, Windows, Compatible to All Major brands • Amazon Business $27.50 1 $27.50
ALEX Active Yoga Activity Blocks • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
SET of 2 Expandable Ball Hand Catch Ball Flower Ball Kids Boys Girls Toys, -Great Stress Relief Toy - NEW AND IMPROVED HARD CARDBOARD PACKAGING - By 4E’s Novelty, • Amazon Business $16.89 1 $16.89
Managing Your Anger Faces Emotions Motivational Poster Art Print 18 x 24 inches • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49

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