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Ms. Maggie from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Special Education Students Develop Social-Emotional Skills!

Help me give my students a variety of items to improve their self-regulation skills in the classroom and the community.

  • $582 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I am a school psychologist who provides individual and group counseling for a total of 45 elementary aged students each week (K-5). My students are placed in self-contained classrooms of varying sizes (6:1:1, 8:1:1, 12:1:1) in a specialized school district in Brooklyn, New York. Every student in our district has a disability classification that impedes their learning, but I primarily work with students who are classified with an emotional disturbance or are on the autism spectrum. My counseling sessions focus on self-regulation skill development, social skills, psychoeducation, mental health, self-advocacy, and conflict resolution.

My students are hands-on learners who need a variety of methods when learning new skills.

They love to play games, read stories, role play, and create artwork. These students are eager to show off their new skills at home, in the classroom, and in the community. There is absolutely nothing more rewarding than hearing a parent talk about their child teaching them about the zones of regulation!

My Project

The majority of items in this project include "My Dragon" books by Steve Herman and books by Julia Cook. These two authors focus on valuable social-emotional topics for each book, such as being respectful towards others, how to stand up to bullying, adopting a growth mindset and positive attitude, making friends, learning from mistakes, etc. The easy-to-follow writing and pictures in these books make them accessible to my students, many of whom struggle with reading, but are realistic enough for my older students to buy into the concepts. The remaining books in my project involve specific therapeutic technique workbooks which I will use with my students who suffer from mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, and conduct disorder. These workbooks provide hands-on activities that can be used by both students and their caregivers, something that is essential as in-school counseling is frequently the only mental health services they receive. Overall, the books and workbooks will grow our social-emotional library!

The remaining supplies are for my kinesthetic learners who need movement to learn self-regulation skills.

The yoga mats will be used in counseling sessions for a variety of movement-based coping strategies, including yoga, mindfulness, and progressive muscle relaxation. The thickness of the mats will allow the students to be comfortable while they listen to instruction or imitate my movements. Additionally, the flexible seating options will provide choices for those of my students who have difficulty sitting on the hard chairs provided by the school and help them to pay attention to counseling lessons.

Ms. Maggie
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gaiam Essentials Thick Yoga Mat Fitness & Exercise Mat With Easy-Cinch Yoga Mat Carrier Strap (72"L X 24"W X 2/5 Inch Thick) • Amazon Business $16.99 2 $33.98
Everlasting Comfort Memory Foam Seat Cushion Designed for Hip and Tailbone Pain - Office Chair Cushions & Car Seat Cushion - Coccyx Cushion - Sciatica & Back Pain Relief • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 200 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct Disorders • Amazon Business $26.19 1 $26.19
Tumaz Wobble Cushion with Air Pump Wiggle Seat, Two Sides Available Stability Balance Disc - Help with Core Strength, Attention, Staying Sitting, Postural Control and Balance for All Ages • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
Tumaz Wobble Cushion with Air Pump Wiggle Seat, Two Sides Available Stability Balance Disc - Help with Core Strength, Attention, Staying Sitting, Postural Control and Balance for All Ages • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger • Amazon Business $20.06 1 $20.06
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 $18.95 1 $18.95
Gaiam Essentials Thick Yoga Mat Fitness & Exercise Mat with Easy-Cinch Yoga Mat Carrier Strap, Purple, 72"L x 24"W x 2/5 Inch Thick • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Meditation Trio Chime, EONLION Three Tone Solo Percussion Instrument for Prayer, Yoga, Eastern Energy Chime for Meditation and Classroom Use • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Teach Your Dragon Good Hygiene: Help Your Dragon Start Healthy Hygiene Habits. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids Why Good Hygiene Is Important Socially and Emotionally. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Train Your Dragon To Be Responsible: Teach Your Dragon About Responsibility. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How to Take Responsibility For The Choices They Make. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 12) • 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
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 $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 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 $12.95 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
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 $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 Follow Rules: Teach Your Dragon To NOT Get Away With Rules. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Understand The Importance of Following Rules. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 11) • 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 $12.94 1 $12.94
Pack of 10 Silly Stretchy String Sensory Toys for Stress Relief - Great as Fun Fidget Toys for Kids, Office & Desk Toys, Toddler Travel Toys, Colorful Fiddle Toy Gifts for Boys, Girls, and Adults! • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!: My Story About Asking Permission and Making an Apology (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
My Mouth Is A Volcano • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Thanks for the Feedback, I Think: My story about accepting criticism and complements the right way! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
I Just Want to Do It My Way! My Story about Staying on Task and Asking for Help • Amazon Business $9.26 1 $9.26
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.25 1 $9.25
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue • Amazon Business $8.08 1 $8.08
Bully B.E.A.N.S. • Amazon Business $8.07 1 $8.07
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! My story about listening and following instructions (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04

Materials cost

$457.20

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.86

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$494.06

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.19

Total project goal

$581.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$581.25

9 Donors

-$453.00

Donations toward project cost

-$386.55

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$66.45

Matching donations from our partners

-$126.48

Match offers toward project cost

-$107.51

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.97

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.76

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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