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Mrs. Navarre from Burlington NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Calm Down and Refocus Corner

Help me give my students a place to refocus and manage their feelings.

  • $169 goal

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My Students

I teach at a rural Title I school. My classroom consists of 20-25 third grade students. The majority of my students live below the poverty level and receive free breakfast and lunch. Many of my students come from single family homes or are being raised by grandparents.

Even with these hardships, you couldn't find a more persistent group of students.

They strive every day to learn and push themselves. Their parents work with them at home tirelessly, so they can get the education they need to accomplish their desires.

My Project

I have many students in my classroom that are dealing with trauma. Dealing with trauma at such a young age can have negative effects on brain development and emotional regulation. I want to be proactive in my classroom and create a space for students dealing with trauma, focus issues, or ones just needing a break to refocus.

My classroom calm down corner will be labeled the "Refocus Corner" because many of my children deal with their trauma by shutting down instead of showing anger.

It will be a safe space that allows children to practice self-regulation. For my children dealing with significant trauma, it will be a safe place to recharge. For my ADHD students, it will be a place to refocus their minds. For any student who just needs a break, it will be a zone to allow that.

The fidget toys, mesh ball, fidget cube, speed cube ball, and mermaid sequin pillow will provide sensory activities that allow students to refocus their minds. The bath mat will provide a soft surface to sit on. While the mood flip book will help them begin to analyze their feelings. The Refocus Corner will also use different timers, so that students will return to their work after an appropriate duration. The Refocus Corner will not be for avoiding work since students will be responsible for any work they miss while visiting the safe zone.

I am hoping that adding this area to my classroom, along with my flexible seating options, will create a classroom that meets the needs of my many diverse students.

Mrs. Navarre
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Genteele Memory Foam Bath Mat Non Slip Absorbent Super Cozy Velvet Bathroom Rug Carpet (22" X 36", Teal) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
My Moods, My Choices Flipbook for Kids; 20 Different Moods/Emotions; Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices; Laminated Pages • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Big Mo's Toys Mesh Balls - Squishy Fidget Balls Stress Reliever Party Favors - 12 Pack • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Mind Puzzle Fidget Cube for Kids and Adults, Stress and Anxiety Relief Brain Teasers for Hand and Wrist for Small Boys and Girls, Perfect Get Well Soon Infinity Cube Gift, Best Toy of 2018 • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Toyzabo Challenging Puzzle Speed Cube Ball, Fun Fidget Toy Brain Teaser With 11 Rainbow Colors (1 Pack) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Neliblu Wacky Tracks Snap and Click Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids - Snake Puzzles, Assorted Colors, (Pack of 4) • Amazon Business $8.97 1 $8.97
Fidget Toys (Pack of 12, 6 colors) by Austor - Relieve Stress, Increase Focus, Soothing Marble and Mesh Fidgets for Children, Adults, Kid and those with ADHD ADD OCD Autism Anxiety • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for Kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Play Tailor Mermaid Sequin Pillow Case Magic Reversible Sequin Pillow Cover Throw Cushion Case 16"x16"(Silver-Blue) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98

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