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Mrs. Yates from Thompson Falls MT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Centers for my Kinders!

Help me give my students hands-on, game-based centers for literacy and math!

  • $499 goal

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My Students

Hello! This is my first year teaching and will be working with 14-16 kindergarten students in a rural, Montana school this coming August. Although the district has many low-income students, the community truly cares for these children and the potential each one of them has.

These kindergartners are about to embark on an adventure unlike any other: they will learn how to safely hold scissors, form a sentence that will later become a paragraph, discover all the possibilities that hide between the pages of a book, and will learn, not only about individual numbers but about how numbers can be manipulated to make sense of the world around them.

Essentially, they will be learning the foundation of the skills they will need moving forward and I am so excited to cultivate the learning that can take place in a kindergarten classroom.

My Project

Centers are an important part of any kindergarten classroom. The main benefit of centers in the classroom is the development of social skills while maximizing hands-on learning. Whether doing work independently or with a partner, students are building self-efficacy and an understanding of important concepts including letter recognition, number sense, early writing skills, data representation and so much more.

I would like to include more hands-on, game-based activities in my centers to increase memory capacity, strategic thinking, and a deeper understanding of the concepts mentioned above.

I am a first-year teacher and really want my students to have fun while learning but do not have many resources of my own at this time. Kindergarten is the first step to a lifelong journey of acquiring new skills and knowledge and I want my kindergartners to know that it can be fun! Both math and literacy centers will be a huge part of my classroom and I know that these resources will keep students engaged all year long. Most of the materials include task cards that I will put in labeled storage containers at each station. They will be allowed to choose which task card they would like to complete to encourage them to stay on task and remain engaged during the center. The other materials will be used for different centers including a listening center and a sentence building center where I will give them game-like tasks to complete.

*I have included a picture of my planning process during the summer and will add pictures of my classroom and my students when the school year begins!

Mrs. Yates
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Novelinks Transparent 4" x 6" Photo Storage Boxes - 16 Inner Photo Organizer Cases Photo Keeper Picture Storage Containers Box for Photos - 2 Pack (Multi-Colored) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Learning Resources Letter Construction Activity Set, 60 Pieces • Amazon Business $34.94 1 $34.94
The Original Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks - Made in The USA - Educational Materials for The Beginning Reader - Eco Friendly Wooden Manipulative Toy for Kindergarten, Toddlers 3 4 5 6 Year Olds • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Unbranded 12 Reading Phones Auditory Feedback Whisper Phone Speech Therapy Read to Self • Amazon Business $22.97 1 $22.97
Learning Resources Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game, 20 Blocks, 20 Activity Cards, Ages 5+ • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Gamenote Sight Words Wooden Magnetic Fishing Game - 220 Dolch Word with 2 Magnet Poles for Kindergarten Preschool Children (Activity Guide Include) • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Learning Resources Playground Engineering & Design STEM Set, 104 Pieces • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
ThinkFun Zingo 1-2-3 Number Bingo Game for Age 4 and Up - Award winner and Toy of the Year Nominee • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
CoolToys Monkey Balance Cool Math Game for Girls & Boys | Fun, Educational Children’s Gift & Kids Toy STEM Learning Ages 3+ (65-Piece Set) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Learning Resources City Engineering and Design Building Set, Engineer STEM Toy, 100 Pieces, Ages 5+ • Amazon Business $19.22 1 $19.22
Attractivia Magnetic Alphabet ABC Flash Cards - 36 Lowercase Large Letters - for Teachers, Parents, ESL • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Carson-Dellosa Differentiated Instruction Cubes Manipulative • Amazon Business $16.71 1 $16.71
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops, 26 Pieces • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Learning Resources Letter Blocks, 36 Pieces • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Tabletop Desktop Pocket Chart with Bonus 20X Dry Erase Cards. Double Sided and Self-Standing (13” X 12”) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Learning Resources Smart Counting Cookies, 13 Pieces • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Literacy Wiz Fun Game - Sight Words - 60 Flash Cards - Preschooler Language Learning Educational Toys • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Learning Resources Sight Word Swat a Sight Word Game, 114 Pieces • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Gejoy 10 Pack Transparent Spinners Dry Erase Math Game Spinner with Rotating Arrow • Amazon Business $10.58 1 $10.58

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