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Mrs. Takahama from Waimanalo HI is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Everything but a Kitchen Sink

Help me give my students printing inks and foam boards, building and sorting games, an iPod and a microwave oven.

  • $1,053 goal

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My Students

Aloha from na keiki o Hawai'i. My preschool special education class provides early intervention services to qualifying special needs children with a range of disabling conditions, ages 3 to 5 years. Most of my students struggle to speak and to be understood and several have fine motor challenges. My school is located in a predominantly rural, low-income neighborhood with a considerable portion of the children of Hawaiian and/or Pacific Island ancestry.

Our classroom cheer sums it up: "You too, we too, we all love preschool!" We are a group of actively involved adults-teacher, aide, and therapists, and children working together in our hands-on learning environment.

My Project

This project originally started out simply as a request for a resupply of block printer inks and foam scratch sheets as we're running low. But as the saying goes, "one thing leads to another", hence the seemingly random assortment of items on the shopping list. And there's a good reason for each item.

I'm currently taking a early childhood math class, and there is an emphasis on frequent and diverse experiences involving the foundational skills of mathematical reasoning.

The cute family figurines counters and odd-shaped "pebbles" of various colors and sizes will be used for all kinds of engaging and challenging counting, sequencing and sorting activities.

Documentation! It's required for my math class, our school's accreditation process, and as our evidence for interventions and reports. Currently I have over 2000 pictures and videos on my phone--90% school related--and my phone is choking. I will use the high capacity iPod touch as our class camera and recorder. Because it's around little kids who may also do some of the picture taking, it needs to be protected, thus the inclusion of a solid case.

Quite simply, we need a new microwave oven as only the 1 minute button on our old one works, and I'm not sure how much longer it will last. We use the microwave for a multitude of activities including heating water for cleaning and cooking.

And the sink is for...just joking!

Mrs. Takahama
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters 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 8 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Apple iPod touch - digital player - Apple iOS 12 • Best Buy Education $399.99 1 $399.99
Panasonic Countertop Microwave Oven with Genius Sensor Cooking, Quick 30sec, Popcorn Button, Child Safety Lock and 1100 Watts of Cooking Power - NN-SU696S - 1.3 cu. ft (Stainless Steel) • Amazon Business $127.58 1 $127.58
edx Education Rainbow Pebbles - Sorting and Stacking Stones • Amazon Business $26.55 2 $53.10
edx education Junior Rainbow Pebbles - Earth Colors - Mini Jar - Ages 18M+ - Sorting and Stacking Stones - Early Math Manipulative for Children - First Counting and Construction Toy • Amazon Business $21.58 2 $43.16
iPod 5 iPod 6 iPod 7 Waterproof Case, Re-Sport Shockproof Dustproof Snowproof Full-Body Protective Case Cover Built-in Screen Protector Compatible iPod Touch 5th/6th/7th - Black • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Scratch-Foam Craft Boards - 48 Boards • Amazon Business $18.91 1 $18.91
Speedball Water-Soluble Metallic Block Printing Ink Set – 4 Iridescent Colors With Satiny Finish - 1.25 FL OZ Tubes • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
Speedball 3809 Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink – Bold Color With Satin Finish AP Certified Non-Toxic - 8 FL OZ, Turquoise • Amazon Business $14.05 1 $14.05
Learning Resources All About Me Family Counters, Assorted Colors and Shapes, Set of 72, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
INOVART Presto Foam Econo Pak Printing Plates • Amazon Business $12.93 1 $12.93
Speedball 3807 Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink – Bold Color With Satin Finish AP Certified Non-Toxic - 8 FL OZ, Orange • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Speedball 3808 Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink – Bold Color With Satin Finish AP Certified Non-Toxic - 8 FL OZ, Violet • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
Speedball 003570 Fabric Block Printing Ink – Premium Fabric Block Printing Ink 2.5 FL OZ (75CC), Black • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Speedball 3801 Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink – Bold Color With Satin Finish AP Certified Non-Toxic - 8 FL OZ, Red • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
Speedball 3806 Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink – Bold Color With Satin Finish AP Certified Non-Toxic - 8 FL OZ, Brown • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58

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