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Mrs. Pontius from Kalamazoo MI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Literacy to Life: Curriculum Connection!

Help me give my students more literacy materials to get excited about the curriculum and begin to connect the lessons to other books they might read.

  • $637 goal

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My Students

Within the Head Start program, we strive to use building blocks to assist our students across the board for continued educational success. Many of our students are in their first year of school, which at age 3, can be quite scary to begin with. Having universal tools to reach students of all backgrounds will assist in unified educational experiences.

How can we build excitement in learning for students without a variety of exciting tools to assist the initial spark?

Our students do have some educational toys currently, but we are looking to expand the collection to allow for being able to see numbers, letters, etc. used in different ways. The students in our classroom come from low-income families where many are unable to afford certain luxuries. Building a classroom environment that houses some of those necessary, educational luxuries will not only spark their excitement, but will also give them an escape from outside distractions even for just a few hours a day.

My Project

Within our program, we use a wonderful curriculum that teaches some great concepts. However, some of the books within the curriculum can be tough for some of our students to understand. I would love to have more materials that relate to the curriculum so that we can address all types of learners. These materials would be used for our whole group lessons, but also located in our library for the students to read while others are finishing up a meal or during Choice Time.

Some of the materials, like the cookbooks, would be located in a specific center for our Choice Time to help our students to build day-to-day connections using prior knowledge.

The other material located in this project are books on balls, trees, clothing, specific jobs, and even include some social-emotional material like being kind and sharing. The possibilities are endless!

Mrs. Pontius
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Ball for Daisy (Caldecott Medal - Winner Title(s)) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Whose Hands Are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book • Amazon Business $15.66 1 $15.66
I Can Control My Anger (The Safe Child, Happy Parent Series) • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
My First Book of Patterns • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes (The Safe Child, Happy Parent Series) • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Community Helpers Book Set - 20 Early Reading Booklets for PK-2 or SPED about Different Community Workers • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Look at That Building!: A First Book of Structures (Exploring Our Community) • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
The Magic of Sharing • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
A Pile of Leaves: Published in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
If I Built a House • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Leaf Man • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Leaves • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook In A Book) • Amazon Business $13.18 1 $13.18
Tacos!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook In A Book) • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
Pizza!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook In A Book) • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
When I Build With Blocks • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Squares & Other Shapes: with Josef Albers (First Concepts With Fine Artists) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
When I Grow Up • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Kindness Starts With You - At School • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Cooking Class: 57 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Make (and Eat!) • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23
How Far Will It Bounce?: My Blue Ball (How High Will It Fly) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Autumn • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Up, Down & Other Opposites with Ellsworth Kelly (First Concepts With Fine Artists) • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Whose Hat Is This?: A Look at Hats Workers Wear - Hard, Tall, and Shiny (Whose Is It?: Community Workers) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Houses and Homes (Around the World Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes (Mulberry Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ball (Baby Unplugged) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
How a House Is Built • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Whose Tools Are These?: A Look at Tools Workers Use - Big, Sharp, and Smooth (Whose Is It?: Community Workers) • Amazon Business $7.56 1 $7.56
Let's Build • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt • Amazon Business $7.46 1 $7.46
Ball • Amazon Business $7.34 1 $7.34
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do • Amazon Business $7.04 1 $7.04
Froggy Gets Dressed • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World (Global Fund for Children Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! • Amazon Business $6.53 1 $6.53
Where Did My Clothes Come From? (Exploring the Everyday) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Clothes I Wear (My World: Reading Level C) • Amazon Business $5.36 1 $5.36
First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
I Want to Be a Firefighter • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Amazing Buildings (DK Readers, Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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