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Ms. Schofield
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 22 donors
  • $0 still needed

Expanding from Classroom Management to Schoolwide Management

My students need sensory resources and tools to remain focused and organized, including stability balls, sensory toys, and organization help this!

My Students

When students do not learn the way we teach, we must teach in a way that they will learn. Students with disabilities struggle to maintain focus and organization even without academic demands placed on them. Yes, sometimes we think things are crazy, but it's only crazy it it doesn't work!

My students live in inner city Orlando.

Most people think of Disney World and the beach when they think of Orlando, but they are unaware of the tremendous homeless population. With 100% of our students qualifying for free/reduced lunch and 95% of students identifying as minority, there are many setbacks that they come to school with. They many not have running water, electricity, air, or even a bed to sleep in. We must meet their basic human needs even at school before we can expect academics to come. We typically think of students with disabilities as students struggling with academics. Too often we forget about students struggling with behaviors. In many cases, these behaviors are what is preventing them from learning, not an academic disability. In order to reach all students, we must pull out the stops and do whatever it takes to help them learn. Through my previous project, I acquired stability balls and cushions for students to sit on that were a hit and need more!

My Project

My resource room for students with disabilities has little space--I share a room with 2 other teachers. Storage containers will keep behavior materials neat, separate from other teacher’s materials. Matching student tables and bookshelves allow for students to connect their colored chair to their colored basket of manipulative. Small hand toys allow for students to meet their sensory needs to focus on academics. Infant toys may seem odd but are research-developed to meet sensory needs and portable for students to take to any area of school. A sound machine helps to meet sensory needs in providing a soothing sound because quiet causes chaos in the mind of a student with a disability. Sensory needs can also include oral stimulation needs. While we cannot make a child stop chewing, we can provide them more appropriate items to meet oral sensory needs. Stability balls and cushions allow students the ability to wiggle in their seats without distracting others in order to focus on academics.

This project will make a difference for the entire school.

Students will increase their focus and attention, they will able to stay organized, and teachers will able to teach without little behaviors getting in the way. Students must be taught how to be successful, it may not look the same for every student, but success feels great no matter what!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Air Stability Wobble Cushion, Blue, 35cm/14in Diameter, Balance Disc, Pump Included • Amazon $14.55 10 $145.50
Tone Fitness Stability Ball, 55cm • Amazon $11.55 10 $115.50
Tot Tutors Toy Organizer, Primary Colors • Amazon $49.00 2 $98.00
Tot Tutors TB816 Store-All Unit, Natural Finish • Amazon $89.86 1 $89.86
Tot Tutors Kids' Table and 4-Chair Set, Plastic • Amazon $49.99 1 $49.99
Manhattan Toy Whoozit Blissful Bolster • Amazon $33.99 1 $33.99
Vulli Sophie Giraffe Set (Soft Toy and Natural Rubber) • Amazon $33.75 1 $33.75
Tot Tutors Book Rack, Primary Colors • Amazon $32.99 1 $32.99
Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine, White • Amazon $25.99 1 $25.99
Edushape 4 Pack Sensory Ball Mega Pack, Colors May Vary • Amazon $14.99 1 $14.99
Lamaze Musical Inchworm • Amazon $12.85 1 $12.85
Lamaze Huey the Hedgehog • Amazon $12.62 1 $12.62
Manhattan Toy Winkel • Amazon $12.39 1 $12.39
VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight • Amazon $11.96 1 $11.96
Lamaze Play & Grow Jacques the Peacock Take Along Toy • Amazon $11.70 1 $11.70
Lamaze Play & Grow Freddie the Firefly Take Along Toy • Amazon $10.22 1 $10.22
Chewy Tubes Super Chew Knobby, 2 Pack • Amazon $10.04 1 $10.04
Bright Starts Clack and Slide Activity Ball • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99
Lamaze Play & Grow Stretch the Giraffe Take Along Toy • Amazon $9.99 1 $9.99

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