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Mrs. Schaffner from Streator IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Gaming Our Way From Pre-K

My students need a Family Engagement Language Pack, board games and puzzles that help my Pre-K students become scholars, learn to play and follow rules, and learn how to learn in a classroom setting.

  • $1,415 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

This is my second year as a teacher for a Pre-K level to 2nd grade self-contained class with special education students. My students have a variety of disabilities and challenges that interfere with their education. As a result, the students are part of a self-contained special education classroom known as CARES.

Our students learn about the world around them by participating in hands-on learning activities.

Building, creating, and trying out new learning is how ideas stick! Although learning is a challenge for our students, these little learners are excited to learn new things!

My Project

I am the CARES special education teacher at the local elementary school. My students are those with the most challenging learning needs in the district. Every year, I get a new batch of preschool students who I must turn into children able to learn in a classroom setting. When these kids come to me, they have few academic skills, little ability to sit still, follow rules, or play with others. My job is to help them move from being Pre-K students to being Kindergarten students.

One way that children learn is through board games.

There are many great board games, as well as learning activities, that help students learn. Cooperative games such as those from Haba and My First Golden Games teach young students how to follow rules, take turns, and be good sports. Puzzles and puzzle manipulative tasks help young students learn to complete given tasks, teach basic academic skills, and help students sit and pay attention to details. Finally, academic tasks such as sorting tasks, posting tasks, and family engagement games help young students learn basic math and phonics skills that will then lead to academic learning skills.

My Pre-K students will benefit from this project that includes a variety of board games. I have always been a huge fan of games, and I am excited to introduce them to my young students to help them learn in my classroom.

Mrs. Schaffner
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
GG640X - Family Engagement Language Packs - Preschool-Kindergarten - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $149.00 1 $149.00
EE600X - Feed-The-Animals Fine Motor Games - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
HABA My Very First Games - Here Fishy Fishy! Magnetic Fishing Game (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $25.99 2 $51.98
EG425 - Giant Egg & Spoon Race • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
HABA My Very First Games - Little Builders A Cooperative Game for Ages 2 + (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
FF667 - Magnetic Shapes Maze • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
TW225 - Beginner’s Peg Puzzle Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
HABA My Very First Games - Go Go Little Penguin! - A First Competitive Game for Ages 2+ (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
HABA My Very First Games - Flower Fairy - A Cooperative Stacking and Color Matching Game for Ages 2+ (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
TT818 - Getting Ready to Write Gumball Grab • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
My Feelings Game. Fun educational family game to help kids express their emotions and learn self regulation. Endorsed by Dr Temple Grandin and other world renown clinicians and educators. • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
HABA My Very First Games - First Orchard Cooperative Game Celebrating 30 Years (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Learning Resources Veggie Farm Sorting Set, 46 Pieces • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
HABA My Very First Games - Lilli's Favorite Clothes Memory Game (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
HABA My Very First Games Little Garden - Cooperative Board Game for Ages 2 + (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
My First Fraction Puzzle • Kaplan Early Learning Company $23.76 1 $23.76
Counting Tree • Kaplan Early Learning Company $22.91 1 $22.91
HABA Animal Upon Animal - Classic Wooden Stacking Game Fun for the Whole Family (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
ThinkFun Roll and Play Game for Toddlers • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
LL426 - Squeeze, Scoop & Count Ice Cream Shop • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
JJ247 - Scoop-A-Bug Sorting Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
HABA Dancing Eggs - A Hilarious & Boisterous Action Game for Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
HABA Dragon's Breath - An Exciting Collecting Game for 2-4 Players Ages 5+ (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Spin Master Games Wobbly Worm, Ring Toss Game for Kids Aged 3-5, (2-3 Players) • Amazon Business $18.75 1 $18.75
HABA My Very First Games Tidy Up! - A Cooperative Organizing Game for Ages 2+ (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Monkey Around Time for Two • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Outfoxed! Game Board Game • Amazon Business $17.90 1 $17.90
Giggle Wiggle Game (4 Player) • Amazon Business $17.45 1 $17.45
HABA My Very First Games - Hungry as a Bear - A Memory & Dexterity Game for Ages 2 and Up • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Animal Pattern Blocks Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.96 1 $16.96
Family Pastimes Harvest Time - A Co-operative Game • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
LC933 - Create-A-Burger Sequencing Stacker • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
HABA Rhino Hero A Heroic Stacking Card Game for Ages 5 and Up - Triple Award Winner • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Learning Resources Avalanche Fruit Stand Game • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
FK221 - Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
FK222 - Number Train Floor Puzzle • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
HABA Little Bird, Big Hunger - A Cheerfully Cheeky Collecting Game for Ages 3 and Up (Made in Germany) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Pressman Toys Mr. Bucket Game (4 Player) • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Bean Bag Toss • Kaplan Early Learning Company $10.16 1 $10.16
Blue Orange Games Spot it! Alphabet • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
Spot It! Numbers and Shapes • Amazon Business $10.01 1 $10.01
Trucks Color Match Up Game • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Farmers Market Colors Match Up • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Lace & Trace Shapes • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.46 1 $8.46
Loco Puzzle Shapes Level 2 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.46 1 $8.46
Lace and Trace Pets • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.46 1 $8.46
Unifix(r) 1-10 Stair • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.76 1 $6.76
Pegboard - 25 hole • Kaplan Early Learning Company $5.91 1 $5.91

Materials cost

$1,155.39

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$17.33

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,202.72

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$212.24

Total project goal

$1,414.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,414.96

10 Donors

-$613.96

Donations toward project cost

-$603.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$10.65

match offer

-$705.19

Match offer toward project cost

-$599.41

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$105.78

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$95.82

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$0.00

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