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Ms. Lee from Oakland CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Emerging Readers Through Sound

My students need a listening station, a place to listen, and books to support early literacy.

  • $1,048 goal

This project expired on February 11, 2016.

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My Students

My Transitional Kindergarten classroom is full of four and five year old children eager to learn! We read a lot in our class daily, but hearing the books come to life with different character voices (besides mine) and music may instill even more joy and curiosity in reading!

My Title 1 school provides education to an under-served, very urban community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

81% of our population are on free or reduced lunch program and 100% are minority children. Although approximately half of my children are English Language Learners, I am of the opinion that ALL of my four and five year olds are in need of greater oral language skills. Most of my students have never gone to school before, so in addition to learning their numbers, letters, shapes, and colors, they are also gaining an important foundation for school and life! This is crucial for their future success as students and future citizens. As stated previously, my students are incredibly eager to learn, but are not always given the important tools in order to succeed. Most do not have books available to them in their homes, so what is offered at school makes a huge difference in their learning capacities! Having a listening station would give them hands on experiences with books!

My Project

Having a listening station provides the children with multiple opportunities to hear familiar stories and follow along to develop their comprehension skills, vocabularies, and important reading behaviors (like directionality, return sweep, and recognizing sight words). In addition to making a great Work Station Activity, I will make sure that the listening station is available to the children during free-choice times as well, so that they develop a love and passion for books and reading! So often my children will want me to re-read a story many many times and this tool will provide a rich re-reading, so that I can introduce them to even more choices of genre during my interactive read-alouds, shared reading, and story times. The more literacy activities that they are offered, the better the chance of them falling in love with reading! I still remember being a child with my record player listening to books (on vinyl!). I want to provide these lasting memories for my students!

My students have limited opportunities to engage with books whether it is because they cannot afford to buy books for their homes or their caretakers do not have the available time to be able to get to a library.

Your donation would allow children who would otherwise not be able to have rich literacy experiences gain access to books, books and more books in a format that is easily accessible to them. I want my children to not just learn how to read, but to love reading in order to learn!

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

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This project will reach 14 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP429 - Listening Center Table - 18" • Lakeshore Learning Materials $379.00 1 $379.00
6 Book Titles (4 copies of each) and 6 CD's - Set 2 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $199.71 1 $199.71
CE772 - Ready-To-Go Listening Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $199.00 1 $199.00

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