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Ms. Bush from Providence RI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Final Touches. . .Put the Umph! in Learning

My students needs materials for independent center activities; CD players, books, puzzles and word building activities. They need supplies to enhance their learning.

  • $945 goal

This project expired on July 23, 2013.

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My Students

Remember that teacher that left an impression on you? Can you reflect back on those tender moments you felt as a child in school? As a veteran teacher in a novel situation I am trying to do just that for my kindergarteners; create memorable moments and provide engaging fun learning activities.

We are an inner city school in RI.

The majority of our students are from low socio-economic homes. Research may suggest that there is a link between low achievement and low socio-economic status but that's a statistic I'd like to challenge. I see bright, enthusiastic five year olds, eager to learn. To me they are a ball of clay that can be molded into any shape. Our classroom has the basis supplies but I'd like to have those additional tools to add the final touches that add intrigue and pleasure to the learning experience. So many of my students have never been read to at home perhaps that explains why I've got their full attention at story time at school. As the story unfolds their eyes are wide and they linger on every word. They will often clap at the end! I want them to be exposed to as many stories as possible.

My Project

Having story knowledge has a tremendous effect on learning how to read. Students first have to learn letter and sound associations before they can fully understand the meaning of the words. I'm asking for those items that would make a difference in my classroom; fun games to learn phonics, books on CD to enjoy during independent activities and organizational tools to help our day run smoothly. During small group instruction I work with one group of students while the others are engaged in center activities. It's challenging to create activities for five year olds that are both engaging and educational. I'd like to strengthen my library center with book on CD, which children can listen to independently and comfortable. Their response to literature enhanced by colorful images using colored pencils and markers. Their phonics skills sharpened by fun games they can play with their friends.

I came across this saying on a billboard: The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!

The play on words was interesting and it made me think about students; what defines a great student from a struggling one, what's the difference between œexcellent and good . . . just a little more Umph! Help me put a little more Umph into my classroom by establishing a comfortable reading center where kids can enjoy a good story.

Ms. Bush
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 26 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Listening Fun Book and CD Set (Set of 8) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $72.21 1 $72.21
Curious George Book and CD • Kaplan Early Learning Company $9.34 1 $9.34
If You're Happy and You Know it! - Paperback with CD • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.49 1 $8.49
Multicultural Book and CD Set (Set of 5) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $50.96 1 $50.96
Color & Shape Bingo • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.46 1 $8.46
Alphabet Bingo • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.46 1 $8.46
Electric Pencil Sharpener • Kaplan Early Learning Company $50.96 1 $50.96
Dry Erase Markers with Erasers • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.76 7 $47.32
JJ130X - Sight-Word Puzzles - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning $49.99 1 $49.99
LL255 - Find-The-Match Simple Word Puzzles • Lakeshore Learning $12.99 1 $12.99
LL244 - Find-The-Match Alphabet Puzzles • Lakeshore Learning $12.99 1 $12.99
CK20BU - Little Beanbag Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning $39.99 1 $39.99
CK20GR - Little Beanbag Seat - Green • Lakeshore Learning $39.99 1 $39.99
CK20RD - Little Beanbag Seat - Red • Lakeshore Learning $39.99 2 $79.98
FF335X - Student CD Player - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning $149.00 1 $149.00
LA416 - Classroom Carry-All • Lakeshore Learning $19.99 6 $119.94

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