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Ms. Everett from Shelton CT is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ease Into School!

Help me give my students the materials they will need to start their school day relaxed, and ready to learn with a Goobi construction set and a loom and loopers kit.

  • $228 goal

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My Students

My fourth grade students are a beautiful mix of diverse cultures. My students are an accepting and empathetic group of children. Our classroom is our home and my students and I are family. We spend almost seven hours a day together, Monday through Friday. Just like any family, things aren't always perfect, but we strive to live by the Golden Rule...Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Perseverance and a growth mindset are the mantras in our classroom.

My students know that as we learn, our brains are being stretched. In order to grow our brains, we must struggle and persevere through the difficult tasks. My students always strive to do their best.

I am proud of my students. Many of them receive free/reduced-price lunch. Their families may not have a lot of money, yet they are grateful for the things they do have. They are a wonderful group of kids who look for the good in their daily lives. They are grateful for one another, and I am grateful for them.

My Project

How do you like to start your day? A cup of coffee? Watch the news/weather? Read the newspaper? Adults like to ease into their days. By taking a few moments for ourselves, we are better prepared to face our busy lives. When my students enter the classroom, they begin their day with a "soft start". Rather than jumping right into "learning", students take the time to sit quietly with an activity, of their choice, and converse with their classmates. They take this time to decompress, and prepare themselves for the day ahead.

Often, students enter school feeling stressed.

Their hurried mornings do not create the ideal climate for learning. This is my first year of implementing a "soft start" to the school day, and I am looking for items/toys, that students can play with to start their day relaxed, and ready to learn. After surveying my students about their interests, I chose to include building blocks, Rubik's Cubes, puzzles, pot holder looms, and therapy putty, for activities. These items will add some variety to our existing coloring pages, and word searches.

Ms. Everett
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Goobi 300 Piece Construction Set with Instruction Booklet | STEM Learning | Assorted Rainbow Colors • Amazon Business $89.95 1 $89.95
Pepperell Loom and Loopers Kit • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Hasbro Gaming Rubik's 3X3 Cube, Puzzle Game, Classic Colors • Amazon Business $4.49 4 $17.96
Vive Therapy Putty - For Hand, Finger and Grip Strength Resistance Exercises - Extra Soft, Medium, Firm Strengthener Kit - Exerciser For Occupational and Physical Therapy (4-Pack) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Ravensburger Let's Play Ball! 200 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids – Every Piece is Unique, Pieces Fit Together Perfectly • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99

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