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Mrs. Ritter from Bayside CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Constructing, Creating, Collaborating, and Conceptualizing-- Kindergarten Curriculum

Help me give my students headsets for our iPads, books for social emotional development and topical learning, logic games, construction activities, geography materials and special classroom tools.

  • $994 goal

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My Students

My students are one of the most dynamic and fun groups to teach--kindergarteners! Each day in kindergarten is fresh and full of possibility and discovery. Kindergartners' interests are broad and varied, and their collective knowing is remarkable. In kindergarten, we laugh and cry together as we learn about ourselves and the world around us.

We are a part of a rural, public, TK-8, one-school school district.

We have two classes for each grade level (except for TK which only has one). While our parent base is extremely supportive, our local economy has suffered in recent years. Our school community has worked hard to maintain its commitment to preserve art, music, drama, athletics, library, technology, and foreign language. Our fundraising efforts, for the most part, supplement salaries for special program teachers and sports coaches, and capstone events such as school plays, environmental field trips, and leadership development opportunities.

My Project

The materials I am requesting are diverse and appear somewhat unrelated, but they are all ingredients that will help me optimize my instruction and my students' learning experience as they conceptualize and construct meaning, create, and collaborate together in our classroom. Who am I? Who do I want to be? How can we share? How do we express ourselves? How does the world work? These touchstone questions guide the work of my students.

The selected books promote a healthy understanding and acceptance of self and others.

Some of the books are in the social-emotional genre, others are stories about famous artists, and a few of the books are simply on topics fascinating to kindergarteners. We have class meetings each week, and often use stories to personalize and inspire our conversations. These readings are followed up with activities and games. Additionally, I try to highlight an famous artist each month, and the selected books compliment our investigations into the artists' personal stories and artwork.

The selected games and construction activities promote collaboration, creativity, conceptual understandings, and critical thinking skills across the curriculum (particularly STEAM), while the globe and map book will enrich our geography studies.

Some of the materials are tools--an EZ-tuner for our lap harp, a tried and true stapler that can be used effectively by kindergarteners, and a pencil sharpener that will accomodate our large pencils AND our colored pencils. The headsets will be used with our iPads for our RazzKids reading program.

These materials will help make a difference in my students' learning about themselves and the world. Thank you for your consideration.

Mrs. Ritter
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
iClever Kids Headphones - Wired Headphones for Kids, Adjustable Headband, Stereo Sound, Foldable, Untangled wires, 3.5mm Aux Jack, 94dB Volume Limited - Childrens Headphones on Ear, Blue • Amazon Business $16.99 6 $101.94
Goobi 300 Piece Construction Set with Instruction Booklet | STEM Learning | Assorted Rainbow Colors • Amazon Business $89.95 1 $89.95
Goobi 180 Piece Construction Set Building Toy Active Play Sticks STEM Learning Creativity Imagination Children’s 3D Puzzle Educational Brain Toys for Kids Boys and Girls with Instruction Booklet • Amazon Business $58.15 1 $58.15
X-ACTO ProX Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener • Amazon Business $57.10 1 $57.10
Globe of the Continents • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 200 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct Disorders • Amazon Business $31.23 1 $31.23
E-Z Tuner • Amazon Business $25.81 1 $25.81
BLUE ORANGE GAMES Dr. Beaker Science Speed Logic Board Game • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
What Should Danny Do? • Amazon Business $17.04 1 $17.04
Peaceable Kingdom Mermaid Island Award Winning Cooperative Game of Adventure for Kids • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Gamewright Cha-Cha Chihuahua The Game of Dancing Doggies • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
eeBoo I Heard Your Feelings Flash Cards • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
SmartGames Squirrels Go Nuts! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Peacable Kingdom Race to the Treasure Game • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
4M 4659 My Body Anatomy Science Kit • Amazon Business $14.07 1 $14.07
Swingline Stapler, 747, 25 Sheet Capacity, Sky Blue (74722) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder • Amazon Business $13.32 1 $13.32
My Collection of Collections • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Think Fun Swish - A Fun Transparent Card Game and Toy of the Year Nominee For Age 8 and Up • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
The Cat and the Bird: A Children's Book Inspired by Paul Klee • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
I Believe in Myself (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 6) • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Wild Fibonacci: Nature's Secret Code Revealed • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Montessori: Map Work • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice (Communicate With Confidence) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97

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