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Ms. Theelke-Thomas from Eagle CO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Explore the Learning Garden

Help me give my students life-size activities such as Four-in-a-Row, Checkers, and Cornhole to create a hands-on outdoor learning garden where students of all ages can join in cooperative group activities.

  • $778 goal

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My Students

Besides being amazing thinkers and problem solvers, the children in our school are very caring individuals. They work hard to demonstrate the Bobcat character traits of being kind, responsible, safe, mindful, respectful, and trustworthy. Being a leader, a peacemaker, and persevering are also Bobcat traits.

Inclusion, acceptance and belonging are a main focus for both students and staff.

Kind and respectful interactions between all individuals is a shared expectation. However, there are times during outdoor recess when there are a limited number of engaging activities available. There is a nice playground at our school and the students do participate in games of basketball or soccer but other, quieter, cooperative activities are limited.

My Project

The Learning Garden proposal involves a small recess on the northwest side of the school building, adjacent to the playground. The area was originally designed as a memorial for a beloved teacher who had taught at the school. Now the area has fallen into disrepair and needs to be refurbished. What better use for the space. than to create a children's learning garden.

The garden space will be designed, planned, and constructed by K-5 students working through the Engineering Discovery/STEM Lab at the school.

Parents, staff and community members will be invited to join the process. The Learning Garden will include a small sand box as well as a life-size checker board, Jenga, Four-in-a-Row and Tic-Tac-Toe. In addition, the students will design and create a large kaleidoscope, various outdoor musical instruments, a whisper tube, birdhouses and other creative objects for the garden. Native plantings will flourish near a water feature fed by an eco-friendly rain barrel. The addition of butterfly attracting plants will add color and charm to the garden. The students will also design and construct several "buddy benches" for the garden.

Students of mixed ages can practice teamwork as they engage in non-competitive activities in the garden. Participants will be expected to work with a spirit of inclusion, cooperation and equity. The children will experience and enjoy the results of their own labor.

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Sunny & Fun Giant 4 In A Row Color Connect – Life Size Four To Score Indoor & Outdoor Floor Game Board Set for Kids & Adults – Jumbo Rings & Quick-Release Slider – for Yard Lawn or Backyard (4ft wide) • Amazon Business $199.99 1 $199.99
GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set - Choose Between 4'x2' or 3'x2' Game Boards, Includes Set of 8 Corn Hole Toss Bags, Regulation Size (4ft x 2ft) • Amazon Business $119.99 1 $119.99
Giant Timber - Jumbo Size Wood Game - Ideal for Outdoors - Perfect for Adults, Kids 60 XL Pcs 7.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 Inch - Over 5 Feet • Amazon Business $79.95 1 $79.95
Good Ideas RW40-OAK Rain Wizard Rain Barrel 40-Gallon, Oak • Amazon Business $74.74 1 $74.74
Giant Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Game | 4ft x 4ft | 100% High Density EVA Foam Mat & Pieces | Extra Large Checker Discs with Jumbo Checkerboard & Yard Size Tic Tac Toss Set • Amazon Business $59.95 1 $59.95
Giant Tic Tac Toss Yard Game | Premium Wooden Tic Tac Toe Game, Large Indoor Outdoor Activity | Backyard Games, Family Games, & Tailgating Parties | Wooden Board Game/Lawn Games for Adults & Kids • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99

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