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Ms. Jessica from Philadelphia PA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Endless Possibilities and Imagination with a Loose Parts Station

Help me give my students a store and explore science cart and additional loose part materials to add to our collection including: jenga wooden blocks, mixed size color shape buttons, wooden spools and large marbles.

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My Students

My classroom consists of 20 enthusiastic and inquisitive young learners with active imaginations and kind hearts. Many of the children are English language learners while encountering their first classroom setting. I work in partnership with my assistant teacher to create a safe, supportive environment for my students with a focus on literacy and language development. Together, we set the foundation for learning through small group literacy, art, mathematics, and science activities while balancing the school day with social-emotional problem-solving and self help practices. Our activities also promote kinetic movement for active learners as well as whole child free choice centers.

My Project

In our current preschool classroom, we hope to provide children with as many opportunities as possible to direct their own learning in a hands on and creative way. A loose parts exploration station will provide the storage space needed to expand and organize this new adventure while adding onto the recycled materials we currently gather. Rather than telling children a material's purpose or how to use it, building and creating with loose parts allows children to use ingenuity and imagination while opening up learning into multiple directions and possibilities. Some of the materials to add to the portable science cart include buttons, ice cube trays for sorting, wooden jenga pieces, beads, and corks.

In today's world, we need children to develop into individuals who can "think outside the box" and develop new solutions and ideas.

Playing with loose parts in a preschool classroom allows this cognitive process to unfold. There are no right or wrong answers without directions to follow. Children give meaning and purpose to the materials while inviting language and collaboration amongst each other.

Ms. Jessica
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HH877 - Store & Explore Science Cart • Lakeshore Learning Materials $349.00 1 $349.00
Hygloss Products Wooden Spools for Arts and Crafts – Splinter Free – Assorted Sizes, 72 Pieces • Amazon Business $13.79 3 $41.37
Jenga Game Wooden Blocks Stacking Tumbling Tower Kids Game Ages 6 and Up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
My Toy House Shooter Glass Marbles with Marble Jar For Storage, Set of 12, 1-inch, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Miracolors - 2 Lb - Mixed Colors Glass Gems - Vase Fillers (12-19mm, Approx. ½"- ¾") • Amazon Business $20.09 1 $20.09
Dodge Cork Premium Tapered Cork Stopper from 100% Natural Wood X3 Standard Grade Made in Portugal • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
AmazonBasics Nonstick Carbon Steel Muffin Pan - 2-Pack • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Lemoo Ice Cube Trays 2 Packs, Food-grade Silicone and PP Trays with Removable Unsealed Lid, FDA Certified and BPA Free • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
700 PCS Assorted Mixed Color Resin Buttons 2 and 4 Holes Round Craft for Sewing DIY Crafts Children's Manual Button Painting,DIY Handmade Ornament • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
600 PCS Mixed Size Color Shapes Buttons Lot for Crafts Sewing Decorations, 2 Holes and 4 Holes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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