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Mrs. Thornton-Samih from Brooklyn NY is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Executive Functioning through Simple Organization Tools

Help me give my students tools that will help them organize their materials and be more efficient learners, using seat sacks, book baggies, and collage trays!

  • $269 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

All of my students come from families that battle the struggles of poverty, trauma, living in the shelter system or projects, in a neighborhood where gunfire is a daily occurrence. In addition to their personal struggles outside of school, each of my students has a learning disability and has had many failures in their short educational carriers before entering my classroom. Having looped with most of my students, has been a blessing because I truly get to know their needs and cater learning to meet their individual needs.

In a community plagued by violence and poverty, students should have the comfort knowing that school is a safe place where they can get their needs met.

One way I ensure that my students' needs are met is by creating sensory diets. A sensory diet does not mean food. It means filling your body with more sensory input to feed your 7 senses, the five senses we all know and the two in our bodies know as proprioceptic and vestibular. Ensuring that a child's sensory needs are meet is extremely important. Without proper self-regulation students can't be at their best and focus on learning.

My Project

My students struggle with their executive functioning and need resources to help them organize, themselves and their materials, in space to be more efficient learners. During morning meeting this year, our focus has been on building students adaptive living skills, the skills they will one day need to be productive in the word (such as the days of the week, months of the year, how to read a calendar, count to 100, etc). The materials necessary to build these skills are central located in the classroom or in flimsy paper folders close to a students seat. With the help of seat pockets my students will have all the necessary materials at their finger tips and we can save time and get more learning done.

This year I have students who are severely behind, in all content areas, their neurotypically developing peers.

My students need modifications made to all content areas in order to access learning and have already been showing growth in their learning. Through book baggies I can ensure that each child is reading at night book that are just right for them. While the collage trays help me to organize personal games or content for a student, in a clear and organized bin, just for them or a small group! The sentence strips and holders will help use complete interactive writing tasks, where we are sharing the pen to come up with a shared text (reinforcing and experimenting with concepts we have been learning during our mini lessons.

Mrs. Thornton-Samih
Grades PreK-2
More than half 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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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
JJ110X - Regular At-Your-Seat Storage Sack - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $99.50 1 $99.50
CA269 - Paint & Collage Trays - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 3 $29.97
JJ110 - Regular At-Your-Seat Storage Sack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 2 $21.98
LC496 - Best-Buy Tote Bags - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
TC795 - Mini Magnetic Sentence Strip Pockets - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
DD135 - Magnetic Base 10 Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99
NF9765 - Rainbow Sentence Strips • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 1 $4.99

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