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Mrs. Sadler from Longmont CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building & Bolstering the Basics With Social Emotional Picture Books

My students need picture books and activities to support social emotional well-being, mindfulness, regulation, and executive functioning skills.

  • $747 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are amazing! We are a Title I School, with 80% of our students learning English as a second language. Many of our families do not have the ability to support our classrooms outside of ensuring that their kids are at school. This is not because they don't value school. It's quite the contrary. We have AMAZING family support for our neighborhood school, and this is evident during our family conferences, STEM nights, and other community building events. Financially, we do not have the same level of community donations as other local schools, and this is where the greatest impact of funding is apparent.

Our kids face many challenges, and yet, they are meeting their goals and achieving excellence!

Preparing our kids to be active and successful, contributing member of society is our focus. We have integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into our content units of study. There are times we need additional supplies to supplement our studies. We thank generous donors for supporting our rigorous learning opportunities!

My Project

Despite the changing landscape of high-tech jobs and greater automation in the work place, there is an increasing need and importance for people to have these "soft skills", including mindfulness, social-emotional regulation and mindsets for mental health and well being.

Now, more than ever, schools are needing to teach, model, support, and guide students in learning "soft skills" like communication (oral and written), creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, adaptability, positivity, learning from criticism, and working under pressure.

When you take a look at the news, observe social interactions, or simply take part in a sports event, you will see the depth of need for "soft skills" in our culture. Schools are where some students learn these skills for the first time and where others practice them.

The picture books and activity guides that are a part of this project are meant to be resources for our entire PK-5 school community. We already teach many of these skills, but don't always have accessible resources to model, teach, or plan with. Mindsets for Learning and working with students who struggle with ADHD and executive functioning skills will benefit from the clear and specific strategies presented in these easy to read and understand picture books. The books also help students identify with emotions and struggles so they feel less alone as they recognize that we are all working on ourselves. Nobody is perfect and while we may not be able to do something right now, there is the power of knowing that it's a mindset shift to not being able to do it...yet.

Mrs. Sadler
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 425 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mindset Matters • Amazon Business $27.70 1 $27.70
Solving Executive Function Challenges: Simple Ways to Get Kids with Autism Unstuck and on Target • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $8.83 2 $17.66
How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses-Mom's Choice Award Gold Seal Winner • Amazon Business $15.52 1 $15.52
The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
I'm Not Bad, I'm Just Mad: A Workbook to Help Kids Control Their Anger • Amazon Business $15.28 1 $15.28
Moody Cow Meditates • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential • Amazon Business $14.96 1 $14.96
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions (Instant Help) • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda • Amazon Business $14.04 1 $14.04
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
Moody Cow Learns Compassion • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
In Other Words: Phrases for Growth Mindset: A Teacher's Guide to Empowering Students through Effective Praise and Feedback • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
What Do You Do With an Idea? • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
How To Get Unstuck From The Negative Muck: A Kid's Guide To Getting Rid Of Negative Thinking • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
What Does It Mean to Be Present? • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
I Will Be Okay (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $10.13 1 $10.13
Planning Isn't My Priority (Functioning Executive) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
I Can't Find My Whatchamacallit!! (Functioning Executive) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Cliques Just Don't Make Cents! (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
The Anti-Test Anxiety Society • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Well, I Can Top That (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $9.58 1 $9.58
Bubble Gum Brain Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
Bully B.E.A.N.S. Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
I Won't Quit (Teaching Perseverance) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
You, Me and Empathy: Teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance and recognising bullying behaviours • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
The Judgemental Flower (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
It's Hard to be a Verb! Activity and Idea Book • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $8.91 1 $8.91
Bully B.E.A.N.S. • Amazon Business $4.44 2 $8.88
It's Hard To Be a Verb! • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control (Instant Help) • Amazon Business $8.44 1 $8.44
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $8.28 1 $8.28
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Cool Down and Work Through Anger (Learning to Get Along®) • Amazon Business $7.42 1 $7.42
Peaceful Piggy Yoga • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Albert Whitman Prairie Books (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $6.12 1 $6.12

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