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Ms. T. from Dorchester MA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Early Literacy Skills Through Play

Help me give my students opportunities for hands-on learning that will support their early literacy skills in writing, speaking, listening, and drawing. These concrete materials will allow them to be even more successful in their learning.

  • $465 goal

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My Students

My students are the youngest scholars in a small inclusionary elementary school in Boston - a large and complex urban school district. We serve both general education and special needs learners and have a high percentage of bilingual learners as well. Our entire school qualifies for free breakfast and lunch. Due to COVID-19, students in Boston have been at home for almost 2 years.

Kindergarteners do the work of learning by talking, writing, drawing, and reading during play.

I want to make my classroom a fun and engaging place where students feel welcomed and comfortable learning pre-literacy skills using hands-on materials that support their learning. My little learners love hands-on activities and it is my goal to help them increase their communication and pre-literacy skills by using engaging hands-on materials.

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood"

-Fred Rogers.

My Project

These materials will support my young students in developing their early literacy skills because they will be fun and engaging. Students will learn while they are playing and their successes will be natural and joyful!

These educational play materials will help set the stage for lifelong learning as hands-on learning gives students the opportunity to engage with each other in an impactful way.

While developing their skills, the students are engaging and having fun, feeling safe, connecting to one another, and experiencing pride because of their accomplishments! The materials I have listed will help my Kindergarten students develop stronger literacy skills this year!

Ms. T.
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 15 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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MAGBLOCK Magnetic Blocks - Magnetic Toys for Toddlers Kids Magnetic Building Blocks Preschool Magnet Set Magnetic Stem Toys 70 Pieces • Amazon Business $37.99 2 $75.98
Gamenote Double Sided Magnetic Letter Board - 2 in 1 Alphabet Magnets Tracing Board for Toddlers ABC Letters Uppercase & Lowercase Practicing • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
Gamenote Magnetic Drawing Board for Kids 12×16 inch - Writting Board for Toddlers Comes with Adorable 3 Stamps, Magnet Pen, Gifts for Toddlers Kids Colorful Erasable Magnet Writing Sketching Pad(Blue) • Amazon Business $14.88 2 $29.76
26 Pieces Alphabet Robot Transforming Action Figure Alpha-bots Toys for Kids ABC Learning, Birthday Party, School Classroom Rewards, Carnival Prizes, Pre-school Education Toy, Montessori Teaching Toy • Amazon Business $28.69 1 $28.69
Coogam Wooden Magnetic Fishing Game, Fine Motor Skill Toy ABC Alphabet Color Sorting Puzzle, Montessori Letters Cognition Preschool Gift for Years Old Kid Early Learning with 2 Pole • Amazon Business $25.98 1 $25.98
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops, Alphabet Matching & Fine Motor Skills Toy, Letters, 26 Double Sided Pieces, Ages 2+ • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Coogam Letters Matching Eggs 26PCS ABC Alphabet Color Recoginition Sorter Puzzle Easter Travel Bingo Game Uppercase Learning Educational Fine Motor Skill Montessori Gift for Year Old Kids • Amazon Business $22.98 1 $22.98
Learning Resources Lowercase Lacing Letters, Fine Motor Skills, Early Spelling 260 Pieces Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $21.14 1 $21.14
Sesame Street Elmo's On The Go Letters, 24 x 36 Inch • Amazon Business $19.59 1 $19.59
Gamenote Magnetic Drawing Board for Kids 12×16 inch - Kids Toddler Drawing Board with Adorable Stamps, Magnet Pen, Gifts for Toddlers Colorful Erasable Magnet Doodle Toys(Pink) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Learning Resources Alphabet Acorns Activity Set, 78 Pieces, Homeschool, Visual & Tactile Learning Toy, Counting Toys, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $16.96 1 $16.96
Scratch Paper Art Set, 100 Sheets Rainbow Magic Scratch Art Black Scratch it Off Paper Crafts Notes Drawing Boards Sheet with 10 Wooden Stylus and 4 Stencils for Kids DIY Christmas Birthday Gift Card • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
World of Eric Carle, Hear Bear Roar 30-Button Animal Sound Book - Great for First Words - PI Kids • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Follow the Directions & Draw It All by Yourself!: 25 Reproducible Lessons That Guide Kids to Draw Adorable Pictures • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30

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