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Ms. Gadient from Boise ID is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cool Down Corner

Help me give my students the materials to create a cool down space within my classroom! These items like the Sensory Sox, bean bags, and sensory toys will offer my students the sensory input needed to prevent escalations.

  • $487 goal

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My Students

I get the amazing opportunity to teach special education at a Title I school. My classroom is shared with our upper grade special education teacher in order to provide support and consistent collaboration so we can do our best to meet each child's individual needs. The students I get the opportunity to work with are amazing, kind, and special students who inspire me every day. In my classroom I work with students who have learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, ADHD/ADD, and ASD. I want to ensure that all the students within my classroom have the opportunity for sensory input, as well as to learn and practice healthy self-regulation skills and behavioral awareness.

I want to be able to provide a cool down space in my classroom in order to help students learn crucial self-regulation skills and foster awareness within them all.

All of my students come from low income/high poverty households and qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Every donation will go to help fund this cool down space and ensure my students have the opportunity to practice healthy self-regulation skills on a day-to-day basis.

My Project

Being a kid can be overwhelming, and many of the students I work with struggle with regulating their own emotions and behaviors within the special education classroom. I want to create a calm, safe space within my classroom in order to help students practice self-regulation with independence.

Providing a cool down space within my classroom will give my students the responsibility of self-regulating their own emotions in a peaceful, quiet, cozy place.

Teaching children self-regulation and how to become aware of their own emotions and feels is crucial. Creating a cool down corner within my classroom is ultimately to give my students the opportunity to use the space with independence, whenever they feel the need to.

My students will need comfy seating and sensory calming objects in order to practice their self-regulation skills with independence. The items I selected for our calm down area be used to create a cozy, calm place for students to regain control over their behavior and emotions. The bean bag chairs will provide a soft place to sit while selecting a sensory object from the white bin. The Sensory Sox and noise canceling headphones can be used by students who need just a little extra sensory input. The books I've chosen will be read, whole group, and be housed within the cool down space for students to explore on their own as well. Thank you!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Shredded Memory Foam Fill for Bean Bags, Chairs, Pillows, Dog Beds, Cushions and Crafts. Made in The USA with 100% CertiPUR-US Certified Foam. (10 Pounds) • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
WEKAPO Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair for Kids | 38" Extra Large Beanbag Cover for Child | 48" Quality YKK Zipper | Premium Cotton Canvas • Amazon Business $26.95 2 $53.90
SANHO Yopo Dynamic Movement Sensory Sox, Medium,6-9 Years Old, 47''LX27''W Blue • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
SANHO Dynamic Movement Sensory Sox - Updated Version, Small, 3-5 Years, 40" L x 27" W Green • Amazon Business $25.96 1 $25.96
Sensory Goods Small Weighted Lap Pad - 3lb - 12" x 16" (Hot Pink) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Sensory Goods Small Weighted Lap Pad - 3lb - 12" x 16" (Blue) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Mpow 068 Kids Ear Protection, NRR 25dB Noise Reduction Ear Muffs, Toddler Ear Protection, Protective Earmuffs for Shooting Range Hunting Season, for Toddlers Kids Children Teens-Blue • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
YoYa Toys Pull, Stretch and Squeeze Stress Balls 3 Pack - Elastic Construction Sensory Balls - Ideal for Stress and Anxiety Relief, Special Needs, Autism, Disorders and More • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Kenney 5/8" Multi-Use Adjustable Appliance, 16-28", White Magnetic Curtain Rod, • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
ICEBLUE HD White Storage Basket 100% Natural Cotton Rope Storage Boxes Toy Bins Childrens Room Decor • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Zach Gets Frustrated (Zach Rules Series) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top, Assorted Colors (2 Pack) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
My Mouth Is A Volcano • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
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 $8.99 1 $8.99

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