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Mrs. Boltjes from Lexington SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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My students need these books, bracelets, and squish-eez for Morning Meeting within my classroom to help with creating a positive school culture as well as creating mindfulness within all of students in my classroom.

  • $328 goal

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My Students

I currently teach in a Title I school. It is my job to reach all of my students and turn them into lifelong learners and teach them life skills. I have twenty students who are eager to learn. I have three students who receive resource and two students who are currently in an RTI Pullout Program. I have several students who are reading and writing below grade level and then I have several students functioning high on a third-grade level. I love to instill in my students the importance of life skills and being able to collaborate.

Students lack social skills, which leads to a continual increase of behavior and social conflicts, which interrupts instructional time.

My Project

According to Responsive Classroom training, the goal of the four components (greeting, sharing, activity/game, and message) is to "set the tone for respectful learning, establish a climate of trust, motivate students to feel significant, create empathy and encourage collaboration, and support social, emotional, and academic learning." I want to build my classroom and school culture and by incorporating Morning Meeting, this will help my class learn these necessary skills. I am requesting colored bracelets, so that when the students enter the classroom they can choose the bracelet matched to their feelings for that morning. It will help me understand how their morning started.

The definition of mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

During greeting time, students would be able to practice respectful, healthy communication skills all while starting the day on a positive note. They learn about eye contact while speaking to someone, clear speaking voice, stating other students names before greeting them, smiling, and learn about safe and appropriate touching. I am requesting squish-eez to help with anxiety that comes along with having to communicate. The would be able to hold and squeeze one while talking.

For sharing time, this allows for building confidence, and allows the students to feel valued. It also allows them to learn how to communicate effectively. This allows all students to listen and respond respectively and appropriately.

The game/activity part is their favorite part! This part is intended to introduce, practice, and establish classroom community of trust and respect. During this time students gain self discipline, confidence, communication and social skills.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Caught Being "Good Responsible Helpful Kind" Student Character Reward Medal Dog Tag Necklaces - 12 pieces • Amazon Business $7.99 4 $31.96
Squish-Eez Sports Jumbo Slow Rising Squishy Toys | 8 Different Sports | 4 Inch Diameter | Cream Scented | (6 Pack- Soccer, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Volleyball) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
The Morning Meeting Book • Amazon Business $21.87 1 $21.87
The First Six Weeks of School • Amazon Business $21.26 1 $21.26
80 Morning Meeting Ideas for Grades K-2 • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Squish-Eez 8 Pack Slow Rising Sports Squishy Toys | 8 Different Sports Designs | 2.5 Inch Diameter | Cream Scented | Soft Stress Relief Squeeze Collectible | Gift or Party Favor by • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
1 Dozen Multi-Pack GREEN Wristbands Bracelets Silicone Rubber - Select from a Variety of Colors (Green, Youth (7" 180mm)) • Amazon Business $8.50 2 $17.00
1 Dozen Multi-Pack Yellow Wristbands Bracelets Silicone Rubber - Select from a Variety of Colors (Yellow, Youth (7" 180mm)) • Amazon Business $8.50 2 $17.00
SQUISHIES Value Packs in Great Gift Worthy Packaging - Jumbo Slow Rising Kawaii Squishies PLUS Mini Squishy Toy Keychains & BONUS Sample Pack! Comes in Mix, Foodie and Dessert (Cake, Donuts) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
1 Dozen Multi-Pack RED Wristbands Bracelets Silicone Rubber - Select from a Variety of Colors (Red, Youth (7" 180mm)) • Amazon Business $7.50 2 $15.00
1 Dozen Multi-Pack BLUE Wristbands Bracelets Silicone Rubber - Select from a Variety of Colors (Blue, Youth (7" 180mm)) • Amazon Business $7.50 2 $15.00
50pcs Nickel Plated Ball Chain Necklace, KinHom 24 Inches Long 2.4mm Bead Size # 3 Adjustable Antiqued Metal Bead Steel Chain Matching Connectors Jewelry Findings • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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