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Ms. Haney's Heroes from Bakersfield CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Financial Literacy Through Food!

Help me give my students a functional way to explore financial literacy through play based learning!

  • $501 goal

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My Students

The motto at our school is “Supporting Student Strengths with Passion, Purpose, and Professionalism.” This project focuses on fostering students’ strengths by making sure they can access their curriculum in fun and unique way by incorporating financial literacy materials that can be adapted for speech activities! Many of the Special Education students I work with come from limited resources and have behavioral, medical, and academic needs. Some of the students live in group or foster homes and it can be a challenge to find motivating activities that will engage them. In addition, many students enjoy hands-on learning materials that they can manipulate.

I love being able to provide an engaging environment where play based learning can take place.

My Project

According to Dr. Karyn Purvis, "scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain-unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10-20 repetitions."

My project will allow verbal and nonverbal students the ability to explore financial literacy through dramatic play via shopping for groceries and then making a pie.

My students will be able to generalize what they learn at school into their home setting when they go shopping for groceries in the community. They will be familiar with the transactions, understand the concept of exchange through paying for items, and cooking skills as they explore how to make a pie. Embedded in this play based learning is important financial literacy skills through money, counting, and sorting.

Talk 4 w/Levels- This device can be programmed with counting, sorting, and money exchange comments and requests to correspond with the play based shopping activity. This will allow all students, verbal and nonverbal, to participate in this financial literacy activity.

JOYIN Smart Cash Register Pretend Play Cashier with Scanner, Microphone, Play Money and Grocery Toy- This item provides students with real life experience using a cash register. They will be able to exchange the play money for groceries and problem solve together to see if they have enough money to buy certain items.

Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie, Fine Motor Toy- Concluding their shopping, students will be able to create pie through important financial literacy concepts by sorting, counting, and matching the fruit pie filling.

Ms. Haney's Heroes
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Talk 4 w/Levels • Enabling Devices $275.95 1 $275.95
JOYIN Smart Cash Register Pretend Play Cashier with Scanner, Microphone, Play Money and Grocery Toy for Kid Boys Girls, Toddler Interactive Learning, Educational,, Christmas Stocking Stuffers • Amazon Business $37.99 1 $37.99
Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie, Fine Motor Toy, Early Number, Patterns, 68 Pieces, Grades Pre-K/Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $18.69 1 $18.69

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