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Ms. Bigham from Newcastle OK is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creative Class Seeks Mindfulness

Help me give my students social emotional learning materials, flexible seating and art supplies that can be used for years to come!

  • $967 goal

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My Students

I have a wide variety of students, but they all love each other like siblings. They love to work together on classwork and projects. My students are great tutors when others need help. Early finishers will ask if they can go help someone else.

Before Christmas, without my prompting, they put together a Christmas tree out of multiple sheets of paper and had everyone make an ornament to put on it.

It was complete with a sign up sheet and checklist of ornaments.

Covid and distance learning made them value their community even more, but it also brought out anxieties and new emotions. We work every day on showing respect and integrity.

My Project

My students are obsessed with art. They get legitimately angry when I tell them they can't get drawing paper between assignments. I have a few students that struggle with their emotions and anxiety. Drawing and art gives them an opportunity to decompress and process their thoughts. Personally, I understand the benefits of using art to help your mental health, so I try to give my students opportunities to use this.

With these materials I want to offer ways of self-regulation to my students so they can be successful.

Whether it's in the heat of the moment and they need a relief, or they need a helper during work time, I want to be able to give it to them. There are many ways we as adults regulate ourselves and we don't even know it: a heavy blanket, pacing, twitching, doodling. Kids should be able to do these things too! We can't sit at our desks all day long!

I want to give my students the opportunity to express themselves through art and teach so they can understand their emotions. I am also asking for books to help students understand their emotions. The goal would be to read a book and think about real world example. I would encourage them to make good choices in these situations. Then we could also apply it to an art project, using art to process our emotions.

I am asking for books to learn about social emotional topics, and other things to help with self regulation. I am also asking for art supplies that can be used for years to come.

Ms. Bigham
Grades PreK-2

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Delta Children Cozee Fluffy Chair, Kid Size (for Kids Up to 10 Years Old), Blue • Amazon Business $67.99 1 $67.99
Axolotl Weigted Plush - Realistic, 4 Pounds, 26 Inches Long, Cute Pink Axolotl Plushie Large Weighted Stuffed Animal Handmade Salamander Plush Toy Axolotl Lovers Christmas Birthday Gifts for Kids • Amazon Business $66.99 1 $66.99
A Little SPOT of Life Skills 8 Book Box Set (Books 17-24: Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork, Talent, Thankful, Optimism, Creativity, & Giving) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
LakiKid Sensory Weighted Neck Pillow for Kids : Weighted Stuffed Animal Shoulder and Neck Wrap: Perfect Travel Buddy for Kids who Love Animals • Amazon Business $49.97 1 $49.97
WALIKI Chair Ball with Feet for Kids | Alternative Classroom Seating | Balance Ball | 18"/45CM Gray • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
Colored Pencils Bulk, Shuttle Art 408 Pack Coloring Pencil Set Plus 20 Sharpeners, 12 Assorted Colors, Classroom Pack School Supplies • Amazon Business $43.99 1 $43.99
Ninja Life Hacks Emotions and Feelings 8 Book Box Set (Books 1-8: Angry, Inventor, Positive, Lazy, Helpful, Earth, Grumpy, Kind) • Amazon Business $33.03 1 $33.03
40 Colors Washable Tempera Paint Set for Kids, (2 oz Each) Liquid Poster Paint with Brushes, Sponges, Palette, Non-Toxic Kids Paint with Fluorescent Glitter Metallic Neon Colors • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Straw Constructor Toys STEM Building Toys 600Pcs Straw Toy Interlocking Plastic Toys Engineering Toys Thin Tube Blocks Toy Educational Toy Kit for Indoor&Outdoor Kids Toy for Boys and Girls Gift • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Plush Toys with Feelings Book Box Set • Amazon Business $26.17 1 $26.17
Pllieay 24 Pieces 12 Colors Kids Art Smocks, Non Woven Artist Fabric Aprons for Children 3-7 for Kitchen, Classroom, Community Event, Crafts and Art Painting Activity • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
Thought-Spot I Know What to Do Feeling/Moods Book & Poster; Different Moods/Emotions; Autism; ADHD; Helps Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices; Laminated (FLIPBOOK) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
36 Colors Air Dry Clay Ultra Light and Air Dry Clay for Children Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Modeling Magical Clay with Tools • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Hulameda 28 Pcs Paint Tray Palettes Plastic for Kids to Put Cupcake and Art Painting • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Sproutbrite Classroom Decoration Banner Poster Pack - Growth Mindset Wall Display • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Mudpuppy The Great Puppy Escape Story Roll - Continuous Story and Coloring Paper Roll Measuring 8 Feet - 5 Colored Pencils Included, A Read and Color Adventure for Kids 4plus, Multicolor • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Sproutbrite Classroom Banner Decorations - Motivational & Inspirational Growth Mindset for Teachers and Students • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
A Dragon Has To Persevere: A Story About Perseverance, Persistence, and Not Giving Up (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Dragon To Be Responsible: Teach Your Dragon About Responsibility. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How to Take Responsibility For The Choices They Make. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
I Choose to Calm My Anger: A Colorful, Picture Book About Anger Management And Managing Difficult Feelings and Emotions (Teacher and Therapist Toolbox: I Choose) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Am Stronger Than Anger: Picture Book About Anger Management And Dealing With Kids Emotions And Feelings (Preschool Feelings Book, Self-Regulation Skills) (World of Kids Emotions) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Choose to Be Respectful: A Colorful, Rhyming Picture Book About Respect (Teacher and Therapist Toolbox: I Choose) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Mistakes Are How I Learn: An Early Reader Rhyming Story Book for Children to Help with Perseverance and Diligence (Amazing Affirmations) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Choose to Try Again: A Colorful, Rhyming Picture Book About Perseverance and Diligence (Teacher and Therapist Toolbox: I Choose) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Choose to Calm My Anxiety: A Colorful, Picture Book About Soothing Strategies for Anxious Children (Teacher and Therapist Toolbox: I Choose) • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Teach Your Dragon Respect: A Story About Being Respectful (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $11.65 1 $11.65
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Unicorn Magic Activity Roll • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Learning Resources Soft Foam Emoji Cubes, Conversation Cubes for Kids, Set of 4, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
What to Do When You Feel Like Hitting: A No Hitting Book for Toddlers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mudpuppy Mighty Dinosaurs Mini Coloring Roll, Multicolor • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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