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Mrs. Brown from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help My Special Needs Students Grow a Garden

My students need 12 subscriptions to 2nd grade and Grades 3/4 TIME For Kids magazines.

  • $189 goal

This project expired on August 30, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students with Autism have difficulty understanding the world around them. Some dynamics include difficulties with empathy, communication skills, and student to student interaction. I want them to become aware of their world through reading current events which exposures them to other's lives.

My class consist of 9 autistic students.

Seven boys and 1 girl, grades 3-4. They are impacted in the areas of speech, cognitive and social-emotional development. We are a special day class on a public general education campus located in a high poverty community in Southern California. My students demonstrate listening, speaking, reading and writing skills 2-3 years below the developmental benchmarks for their ages. My students need to be exposed to more social and political knowledge from their world. They are visual learners so I show them computer clips from nightly news programs. We go on field trips throughout our city. I integrate my science and math lessons with current topics so they can have a greater awareness and learning experience to help them discuss and complete projects relating to the world. They need more visual support so that we can create more projects such as the recycling program which we spearheaded at our school.

My Project

In receiving a weekly edition of "TIME for KIDS," they will see the latest events happening around the world. Vivid pictures with subtitles written in simple language will spark interest as we will read it together throughout the week. Students' ability levels will be addressed as we will use the 2nd grade and grades 3-4 weekly editions. My students will discuss information, create learning charts to be organize thoughts by small groups task. I will lead discussions as I integrate learned facts into their math and science lessons. I will challenge my students to discuss problem solving through projects which they will create to present to other classes and at our bi-annual parent presentation. We will use the magazines as we mainstream with our general education peers during our social studies time to promote further social interaction.

It is my hope, as a teacher that my students, although challenged, will eventually become productive citizens.

Social awareness and interaction is key for their development. They will need to continue their education and begin to transition into the real world. As children, it concerns me that parents keep their children with special needs at home. Their experiences are limited, particularly in our school's neighborhood. The magazine will expose them to a wider world and new experiences.

Mrs. Brown
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TIME For Kids - Grades 3-4 - 24 issues / Minimum of 10 subscriptions • Time for Kids $4.91 12 $58.92
TIME For Kids - Grade 2 - 28 issues / Minimum of 10 subscriptions • Time for Kids $4.91 12 $58.92

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