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Mrs. Haak from Indianapolis IN is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Bubblegum Brains! A Toolbox for Applied Educational Neuroscience

Help me give my students a toolbox that will provide brain-aligned opportunities for them to develop self-regulation and sensory processing skills.

  • $479 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are brilliant, resilient individuals who will change the world! They come to school each day from a variety of homes, backgrounds, and languages.

Each day they inspire us to choose kindness over violence, integrity over the path of least resistance, and resiliency over giving up.

These kids have already overcome so much in their lives and they continue to flourish despite challenges most adults never have to face. They meet the world with courage, determination, and strength every single day.

My Project

Aligning our practices and procedures with the latest research in applied educational neuroscience changes everything! Through adapting new strategies that target current brain status, we can more effectively reach and teach our students.

Through use of this brain-aligned toolbox in individual and group counseling as well as classroom lessons, students will develop skills necessary to self-regulate, interpret their sensory experiences, and connect to other students and staff.

How will I know if the project was successful?

After implementing new brain-aligned practices, I will compare school-wide discipline and attendance data from previous years to note any statistically significant differences.

Through the use of brain-aligned practices, students will:

- Develop sensory interpretation skills through use of loofahs, beach towels, stress balls, essential oils, make-up brushes, therapy putty, and stress balls at an "Amygdala Reset Center."

- Receive validation through writing freely in their journal or on sticky notes about their experiences and feelings or by responding to a specific prompt.

- Learn about connection and empathy (which leads to neural reprogramming) through reading and participating in discussions about books such as "L.O.V.E." and "I Am Enough."

- Learn about their own brain functioning through read-aloud of "My Fantastic Elastic Brain" and "Bubble Gum Brain" as well as interacting with the 4D brain model.

- Experience the benefits of mindfulness through sensory activities such as listening to a singing bowl, chimes, or rain stick.

- Provide immediate feedback about their experiences via Plicker sheets which will be kept in reusable sheet protectors, data that will be used to inform counseling practices.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting my project!

Mrs. Haak
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kraft Notebook - 12-Pack Lined Notebook Journals, Pocket Journal for Travelers, Diary, Notes - A6 Size, Soft Cover, 80 Pages, Brown, 5.7 x 4.13 Inches • Amazon Business $14.99 5 $74.95
Leinuosen 16 Pieces Kid Scissors 5 Inch Blunt Tip Kid Scissors, School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors,Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Dry Erase Pockets Sheet Protectors - Reusable + Oversized - Size 10 X 13 Inches - 30 Plastic Sleeves - Mixed Colors - Ideal to use at School or at Work • Amazon Business $24.97 1 $24.97
TEDCO 4D Anatomy Brain Model • Amazon Business $17.39 1 $17.39
Meditation Trio Chime, EONLION Three Tone Solo Percussion Instrument for Prayer, Yoga, Eastern Energy Chime for Meditation and Classroom Use • Amazon Business $15.96 1 $15.96
Tibetan Singing Bowl for Meditation - HandCrafted Antique Tibetan Singing Bowl Set - Great for Meditation, Healing Relaxation Therapy, Stress & Anxiety Relief, Chakra Healing (3.5 Inch) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
FlintRehab Premium Quality Therapy Putty (4 Pack, 3-oz Each) for Hand Exercise Rehab. Fidgeting, and Stress Relief • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, Rio de Janeiro Colors, Large Pack, Recyclable, 3 in. x 3 in, 24 Pads/Pack, 70 Sheets/Pad (654-24SSAU-CP) • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Love • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
NovForth Microfiber Beach Towel Large Beach Blanket Towel Super Water Absorbent Multi-Purpose Beach Towel 30" x 60" • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
NovForth Microfiber Beach Towel Large Beach Blanket Towel Super Water Absorbent Multi-Purpose Beach Towel 30" x 60" • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
9 Inch Paint Sticks, Bag of 50 Hardwood Paint Stirrers, Mixing Paddles for Epoxy or Resin, Garden or Library Markers by Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
TYH Supplies 10-Pack Reusable Dry Erase Pockets 9 x 12 Inches Assorted Neon Colors • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
10" Chilean Cactus Rainstick Musical Instrument with yarn wrap and sealant - Authentic Rain Stick Shaker from Africa Heartwood Project (TM) • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $11.15 1 $11.15
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 12 Count • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Lagunamoon Essential Oils Top 6 Gift Set Pure Essential Oils for Diffuser, Humidifier, Massage, Aromatherapy, Skin & Hair Care • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
YOGU Hand Therapy Stress Balls- Squeeze Exercise Massage Ball Set for ADHD/OCD/Autism, Anxiety Relieve, Hand Strengthening, and Rehabilitation Set of 3 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
BSIRI Large 6" Wood Frog Guiro Rasp - Musical Instrument Tone Block, Brown, inch (FR06N) • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Foundation Brush Makeup Large Powder Brush Face Brush for Stippling Liquid Cream Powder Foundation Blending Buffing … • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $7.80 1 $7.80
MainBasics Bath Shower Loofah Sponge Pouf Body Scrubber Exfoliator (Set of 3) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Travel Foundation Brush for Blush Bronzer & Powder • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

Materials cost

$371.06

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.57

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$406.63

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$71.76

Total project goal

$478.39

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$478.39

1 Donor

-$239.20

Donations toward project cost

-$207.07

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$32.13

match offer

-$234.78

Match offer toward project cost

-$199.56

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$35.22

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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