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Ms. Mayfield from Bakersfield CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

From Mind Full to Mindful in 5th Grade!

Help me give my students picture books about mindfulness, cushions, and materials to make mindful jars to help them learn to self-regulate their emotions.

  • $2,385 goal

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My Students

My students are hard working and resilient! Through all of the obstacles they face on a daily ​basis, my students come every morning ready to learn. My class started this year at an average of two grade levels behind in reading and math. I have several students receiving special education services, and most of my class are English language learners. Many come from single-parent homes and others don't have a home at all.

I may not be able to control the environment they are coming from, but I can control the environment they walk into every morning.

We work collectively to create and maintain a positive, welcoming, and safe space to learn. Our classroom is more than a community of learners, we truly are a family! I am so proud when I see my students protecting each other and lifting one another through kind words and encouragement. I do my best to provide them with everything I possibly can to create a rigorous, yet safe and loving space to learn.

My Project

At my campus, we teach behavior expectations weekly. On Monday, we do a lesson with our students on the behavior focus and then reinforce it throughout the week. I plan to adopt a similar approach to mindfulness. As a part of balanced literacy, I read a grade level appropriate picture book to my students every day. The books in my project will introduce students to a new concept each week, ranging from managing anger and frustration to being present and mindful in the moment. This approach is less heavy-handed and will be engaging to students. As opposed to telling them different strategies that they can use, students will learn about them through character experiences. I plan to use each book as part of our Mindful Monday lesson. This will introduce our mindfulness or social/emotional learning focus and allow students to practice it throughout the week.

This project will help to raise student achievement by incorporate mindfulness daily to allow students to self-reflect and refocus during stressful times like after lunch recess, before a test, or if there is a conflict in class.

The cushions will provide a means for students to spread out across the room and find the space to refocus themselves during mindfulness. It creates a physical boundary of personal space for each student to use and respect. The pinwheels will help to introduce students to different breathing exercises. As they exhale, they will blow the pinwheel in the initial integration of mindfulness. The Hoberman sphere will also model deep breathing.

These materials will allow me to replace detention with a time of meditation and reflection for my grade level. Not only is this project targeted at improving behavior, focus, and coping skills at school, it also provides tools for assisting students at home.

Ms. Mayfield
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ProsourceFit Core Balance Disc Trainer, 14” Diameter with Pump for Improving Posture, Fitness, Stability, Black • Amazon Business $13.99 24 $335.76
Gaiam Classic Backless Balance Ball Chair – Exercise Stability Yoga Ball Premium Ergonomic Chair for Home and Office Desk with Air Pump, Exercise Guide and Satisfaction Guarantee, Charcoal • Amazon Business $46.52 7 $325.64
Elmer's 638458774473 Washable Glitter Glue, 6 oz Bottles-6 Colors, Green/Pink/Purple/Red/Yellow/Blue • Amazon Business $22.19 4 $88.76
Three Tall Clear Plastic Canisters w/White Lids & Chalk Labels (2.5 quart / 10 cup capacity); 10-inch High BPA-free PET Plastic 80oz Jars Great for Food & Home Storage (3-pack) • Amazon Business $13.75 4 $55.00
4 oz Empty Plastic Juice Bottles with Lids 12 Pack Small Clear Drink Syrup Disposable Containers Tamper Proof Caps Kids • Amazon Business $14.98 3 $44.94
Zen Socks • Amazon Business $14.39 2 $28.78
Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $13.11 2 $26.22
I'm NOT just a Scribble... • Amazon Business $12.97 2 $25.94
Zen Ties • Amazon Business $12.53 2 $25.06
4E's Novelty Pack of 4 Expandable Balls, Hand Catch Expanding Breathing Sphere Flower Ball for Kids Boys and Girls, Great Stress Relief and Anxiety Toy, Helpful Gift for ADHD Sensory Issues • Amazon Business $19.87 1 $19.87
Tsocent 10 Mixed Colors Pinwheels (Pack of 100) - Outdoor Decorational Pinwheels Wind Spinners for Yard and Garden - 100 Pcs Party Favors Pinwheels Windmill Educational Gifts for Kids • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
I Am Love: A Book of Compassion • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
The Darkest Dark • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
Zen Happiness • Amazon Business $6.93 2 $13.86
Help Your Dragon Deal With Change: Train Your Dragon To Handle Transitions. A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids How To Adapt To Change In Life. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $13.84 1 $13.84
The North Star • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Charlotte and the Quiet Place • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
I Got This!: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids That They Can Handle Everything. A Cute Children Story to Give Children Confidence in Handling Difficult Situations. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 8) • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Stone Soup • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
Be Kind • Amazon Business $13.03 1 $13.03
Mindful Bea and the Worry Tree • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Teach Your Dragon To Share: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids How To Share. A Cute Story To Help Children Understand Sharing and Teamwork. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Fix Your Dragon’s Attitude: Help Your Dragon To Adjust His Attitude. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Bad Attitude, Negative Behaviors, and Attitude Adjustment. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Teach Your Dragon Manners: Train Your Dragon To Be Respectful. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Manners, Respect and How To Behave. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Dragon To Love Himself: A Dragon Book To Give Children Positive Affirmations. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Love Who They Are. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 13) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Help Your Dragon Learn From Mistakes: Teach Your Dragon It’s OK to Make Mistakes. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Perfectionism and How To Accept Failures. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Dragon and The Bully: Teach Your Dragon How To Deal With The Bully. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Dealing with Bullying in Schools. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon To Follow Instructions: Help Your Dragon Follow Directions. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids The Importance of Listening and Following Instructions. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
The Mindful Dragon: A Dragon Book about Mindfulness. Teach Your Dragon To Be Mindful. A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids about Mindfulness, Focus and Peace. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon Empathy: Help Your Dragon Understand Empathy. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids Empathy, Compassion and Kindness. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Dragon To Accept NO: Teach Your Dragon To Accept ‘No’ For An Answer. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Disagreement, Emotions and Anger Management (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon to Make Friends: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids How To Make New Friends. A Cute Children Story To Teach Children About Friendship and Social Skills. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 16) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Dragon To Be Kind: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Kindness. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Be Kind, Caring, Giving And Thoughtful. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 9) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon About Diversity: Train Your Dragon To Respect Diversity. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Diversity and Differences. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
The Sad Dragon: A Dragon Book About Grief and Loss. A Cute Children Story To Help Kids Understand The Loss Of A Loved One, and How To Get Through Difficult Time. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon To Understand Consequences: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Choices and Consequences. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How To Make Good Choices. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Angry Dragon: Teach Your Dragon To Be Patient. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Emotions and Anger Management. (Dragon Books for Kids) (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
My Heart • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Say Something • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
What Does It Mean to Be Present? • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles • Amazon Business $12.54 1 $12.54
The Bear and the Fern • Amazon Business $12.53 1 $12.53
A Piglet Named Mercy • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
The Memory Box: A Book About Grief • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $12.12 1 $12.12
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll (You Rock Group) • Amazon Business $12.12 1 $12.12
Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety: Train Your Dragon To Overcome Anxiety. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How To Deal With Anxiety, Worry And Fear. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
I Am Yoga • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Rumor Has It (Building Relationships) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series) • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Ida, Always • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Existential Giraffe • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Kindness Snippet Jar • Amazon Business $9.36 1 $9.36
The Technology Tail: A Digital Footprint Story (Communicate with Confidence) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Mindset Matters (Without Limits) • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
A Bike Like Sergio's • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.24 1 $6.24

Materials cost

$1,799.32

Vendor shipping charges

$5.99

State sales tax

$164.64

3rd party payment processing fee

$26.99

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$2,026.94

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$357.70

Total project goal

$2,384.64

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$2,384.64

1 Donor

-$1,013.47

Donations toward project cost

-$1,013.47

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$1,192.32

Match offer toward project cost

-$1,013.47

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$178.85

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$178.85

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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