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Mrs. Chesser from Valdosta GA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Incorporating Play-Based Learning Into Our Morning Routine

My students need a variety of play-based learning materials to fill our morning tubs!

  • $430 goal

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My Students

I have just completed my very first year of teaching second grade at a title I school in Valdosta, GA. I had the privilege of teaching 20 wonderfully unique 7 and 8 year olds.

The majority of students at my school come from a low-socioeconomic background, and they each bring their own unique personality, talents, and value into the classroom.

They have taught me so much in my first year of teaching, and have surprised me every day with what they are capable of. I am looking forward to a new year with a new group of second graders.

My Project

Play is a necessity for students at this age because it allows them to make discoveries and connections on their own and to practice much needed social skills. Unfortunately, there is not much time in our already busy schedule during the school day for free play. That is why I am wanting to implement these morning tubs for this upcoming school year. I am hopeful that they will help decrease the amount of student tardiness, improve students' social interactions, and create a fun, non-threatening environment to start the day.

By replacing morning work with morning tubs, I can get my students excited about coming in the classroom each morning!

Each group will have a different tub waiting on them each day to explore, learn, and play during the time between their arrival and the morning announcements. These tubs will be filled with a variety of play-based learning materials that allow students to practice skills such as cooperation, sharing, fine motor skills, literacy skills, creativity, recognizing and creating patterns, and much more. One morning students may work with phonics dominoes and dry erase boards to make and write words. The next morning they may be building with cubes, or molding and shaping with play-doh, while another group is getting creative with a variety of art supplies. After playing, creating, and socializing, my students will be ready to begin our day of learning.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 20 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Playmags 100 Piece Super Set: With Strongest Magnets Guaranteed, Sturdy, Super Durable with Vivid Clear Color Tiles. 18-piece Clickins Accessories to Enhance your Creativity • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
STERILITE Box Clip Medium Clear • Amazon Business $47.99 1 $47.99
Kids Stencil Set - Drawing stencils with over 250 cute animal and holiday shapes children love - Comes in strong travel case with 18 quality pencils - Arts and craft fun for girls and boys aged 3-9 • Amazon Business $24.98 1 $24.98
Educational Insights Phonics Dominoes - Short Vowels • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
WonderFoam Dominoes 168 Pieces (AC4468) • Amazon Business $21.70 1 $21.70
Educational Insights Phonics Dominoes - Blends & Digraphs • Amazon Business $18.59 1 $18.59
ETA hand2mind Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Linking Letter Cubes (Set of 82) • Amazon Business $16.15 1 $16.15
Crayola Silly Scents 12 Ct Washable Scented Markers • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Joyin Toy 44 Pieces Clay Dough Tools Kit with Models and Molds. • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
ZWEEL Magnetic Letters and Numbers, 104pcs Educational Refrigerator Children ABC Magnet Alphabet for Learning, Spelling and Counting Best Educational Toys • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
EXPO 86601 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Count • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
Crayola Colored Pencils, 50 Count Set, Pre-sharpened • Amazon Business $9.63 1 $9.63
US Toy Wild Animal Puzzles (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Acerich 300 Pcs Assorted Colors Pipe Cleaners DIY Art Craft Decorations Chenille Stems (6 mm x 12 Inch) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
JPSOR 800 Pcs Letter Beads Alphabet Beads for Jewelry Making with Colorful Letters for Kids DIY Bracelets, Necklaces, Children's Educational Toys, Handmade Gift (White Beads with Colorful Letters) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 10-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 2-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
YUYUSO 100 Piece Plastic C-clips Hooks Chain Links C-links Rat Parrot Bird Toy Cage • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80

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