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Ms. L. from San Jose CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Helping Kindergartners to Read - One Step at a Time

The cost of the First Words Activity Carpet is $583, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a kindergarten teacher at a Title I school in San José, California with seventeen students. While they are all very eager, my students struggle daily with learning to read. The majority come from homes where little or no English is spoken. While the parents are very dedicated to their children's education, they often express their frustrations to me about trying to help their children with their reading skills. While high frequency words are emphasized to the students on a daily basis in books, bulletin board displays, and flash cards (both at home and at school), I believe that a more lighthearted approach will do wonders to help students to pick up the basic words that they need in order to be able to read. Having a First Words Activity Carpet would not only brighten our classroom, but it would also provide students with a “game” for learning these sight words. The colorful carpet includes stepping stones with 18 fundamental sight words that early readers need to know, providing the students a more interesting “path” to reading. Children can hop from one word to the next, read their way across the path, or choose a word to sit on for stories and activities. This carpet can serve as an activity center for children to play on, challenging each other to see who can get farther on the path. The carpet will also be an invaluable classroom management tool. Right now my students are sitting on a hand-me-down rug that is shredding in multiple places. Having this activity carpet will take the guesswork out of the statement, “Juan, please move over there so that you and Jasmín can make a good decision about talking.” Instead, by the end of the year, Juan and Jasmín will be competing to see who can read more books to each other. Thank you for your consideration of our request for a First Words Activity Carpet.

Ms. L.
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 38 students.

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TT549 - First Words Activity Carpet • Lakeshore Learning $379.00 1 $379.00

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