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Ms. Kowalski from Taos NM is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Comfy Reading Spots and Hands On Learning Opportunities for 2nd!

Help me give my students comfy library seating and dynamic, hands on choices for center time!

  • $644 goal

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My Students

My 2nd grade students are an energetic, bright, creative bunch of kids. They love to move, make, and explore. Our classroom is a welcoming place where we are safe, silly, and excited to learn! My students represent Taos, a multicultural (Native American, Spanish, Anglo and more) area steeped in tradition, art, and connection to nature. Taos is a low income community, but rich in so many important ways.

My kids love learning through doing: movement, art, experimenting, storytelling, and play.

One of the many examples of their abilities are the incredible plays that they wrote and performed last year. They each created a giant mask (see our class picture!) for their character, which made their performance that much more amazing! My challenge as their teacher is to provide a variety of opportunities for these young kids to explore possibilities and work toward success as I can.

My Project

Every summer provides opportunity to reflect on what will make the next year more successful and enjoyable for all of my students. In thinking about the year to come, two of the big goals that stand out are incorporating more educational play into our busy schedule and to providing more cozy reading spots to help foster that love of reading time. I always observe and get to know my incoming class as much as I can, and this new group is a sweet, social, and creative bunch that has come so far with their reading skills in this last year school.

I want to provide my students with hands on steam and literacy challenges for our morning welcome work and cozy reading spots for library time.

In lieu of the traditional, individual welcome work assignments, I want to provide this group of kiddos with hands on and interactive math, science, art, and literacy activities. Kids learn by playing, doing, and social interactions. Our new "Good Morning Tubs" will offer a variety of choices that will be a fun and stimulating start to the day. I've ordered exciting new games and activities as well as the all-important bins to organize.

My students have always loved our classroom library. We have a beautiful selection of books for all reading levels and interests. One of the most important values that I want to pass on to my students is a love of reading. Our 2nd grade library needs special, comfortable reading spots. To help make this a reality, I would like to construct a comfy reading bench and floor lounge. With the help of this Donors Choose project, I'm excited to make our classroom even more organized, fun, and inviting!

Ms. Kowalski
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ggbin 6 Quart Clear Latch Storage Box with Black Handle and Latches - 4 Pack • Amazon Business $21.55 5 $107.75
Sterilite 16428012 6 Quart/5.7 Liter Storage Box, White Lid with Clear Base (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $23.12 2 $46.24
Sterilite 16428012 6 Quart/5.7 Liter Storage Box, White Lid with Clear Base (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $22.35 2 $44.70
FoamTouch Upholstery Cushion High Density Standard, Seat Replacement, Sheet, Padding, 3" L x 24" W x 72" H • Amazon Business $41.99 1 $41.99
Seville Classics Large 10-Drawer Organizer Cart, White • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
File Folder Holders Magazine Storage (Set of 24, White), Cardboard Vertical Folder Organizer with Stickon Labels, Classroom Cubby, Office File Storage; Magazine Box, Book Binder Holder by Dunwell • Amazon Business $29.89 1 $29.89
Ambesonne Children Fabric by The Yard, Cute Kids Autumn Pattern with Owl Fox Squirrel Birds Animal Leaves Artsy Print, Decorative Fabric for Upholstery and Home Accents, 3 Yards, Multicolor • Amazon Business $29.85 1 $29.85
MERNETTE Pack of 2, Corduroy Soft Decorative Square Throw Pillow Cover Cushion Covers Pillowcase, Home Decor Decorations for Sofa Couch Bed Chair 18x18 Inch/45x45 cm (Striped Bean Green) • Amazon Business $12.66 2 $25.32
Never-Ending Story Bundle: Story Time Dice + Scary Tales and Fairy Tales Expansions (Set of 3) | Adventure Storytelling Board Game | 7 Polyhedral Dice, 4 Suggested Ways to Play | Beginner Role-Playing • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Storex 00980U06C Sorting Cups for Large Caddy (Sold Separately), 36-Pack, Gray • Amazon Business $24.04 1 $24.04
Foamily Set of 4-18 x 18 Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Inserts Sham Square Form Polyester, 18" L X 18" W, Standard/White • Amazon Business $23.49 1 $23.49
Storex Large Classroom Caddy,13 x 11 x 6.575 Inches, Assorted Colors, Case of 6 (00948E06C) • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Impresa Products 500 Piece Pack of Monkey String (Jumbo Pack) - Wiki / Wikki Bendable, Sticky Wax Yarn Stix / Sticks in Bulk - Perfect Toys for Home and Travel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Coogam 130 Pcs Wooden Pattern Blocks Set Geometric Manipulative Shape Puzzle – Graphical Early Educational Montessori Tangram Toys Brain Teasers STEM Gift for Kids with 24 Pcs Design Cards • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Classic Tangoes • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Decorbox Cotton Linen Square Throw Pillow Case Decorative Cushion Cover Pillowcase Owl Sayings (oil 16x16inch) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Mayared 600 Pieces 6mm DIY Black White Acrylic Alphabet Letter Cylinder Column Beads for Jewelry Making, Bracelets, Necklaces,Children's Educational Toys, Key Chains and Kids Jewelry • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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