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Ms. M. from Salt Lake City UT is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Hands-on Materials for Our Littlest of Learners!

Help me give my students hands-on experiences with art, sensory, and academic materials that will teach them how to play together, build fine and gross motor skills, and expand cognitive skills.

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My Students

My student population consists of young students with special needs in a low income setting. They fall between the ages of 3 and 5, but developmentally often present at the age of 1 or younger. You will find a variety of abilities and disabilities among my students including down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and speech disorders. As part of their delay, many students struggle with social and emotional skills, gross and fine motor skills, communication, adaptive, and cognitive skills. I have found that they tend to learn best when provided with hands-on materials for exploration and learning, as well as opportunities to work with and play together.

The pandemic has made it difficult to provide students with hands-on materials for learning through play.

This is especially true because the materials we use need to be easy to clean, and we need enough to ensure students can use them in smaller groups. Many students have also lacked regular exposure to peers. Thus we are working to help them gain appropriate social and emotional skills through play with their peers. Hands-on materials and experiences are critical for my students' ability to progress across all developmental domains.

My Project

These materials are geared towards providing students with hands-on experiences in which they can explore concepts, such as writing letters and counting, in engaging ways. For example, the letter tracing trays, math light table trays, and the letter hammer block are fun ways for children to learn as they play. The train set and magnetic animals also allow children to work together to build a final product, which also promotes positive social skills. And, the art materials provide fun, hands on ways for children to learn creative expression. These area all wonderful items to support my young students' growth across multiple developmental domains that has been difficult for teachers to address due e to Covid19. Thus, these materials will help them progress, grow, and have meaningful educational opportunities in the classroom, despite the pandemic.

Ms. M.
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
VR146 - 100-Piece Wooden Train Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $79.99 1 $79.99
LL681 - Trace Write Alphabet Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 2 $59.98
PP670 - Foam Sensory Paint - Set of 5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 2 $59.98
EE496 - Construct-A-Letter Activity Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
LC955 - Beginners Hammering Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
FC589 - Soft Safe Comet Balls • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
LC695X - Light Table Math Trays - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $36.99 1 $36.99
AR872 - Mix Match Magnetic Wild Animals • Lakeshore Learning Materials $32.99 1 $32.99
VR317 - Mix Match Magnetic Dinosaurs • Lakeshore Learning Materials $32.99 1 $32.99
VR360 - Peel Stick Wiggly Eyes - Set of 1000 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
TS108 - Rainbow Scratch Paper • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 1 $10.99

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