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Mrs. Schrader from Duluth GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Interactive Books for Students with Severe Needs

My students need developmentally appropriate books to enhance our literacy time.

  • $341 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." ~Ignacio Estrada. This is the exact challenge my students face each day. They learn differently than most students and it is my duty as a teacher to go outside the box and find the ways that they learn best. I teach Pre-K students with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. They are nonverbal and some have vision impairments.

My students may have difficulty walking, seeing, hearing, and/or talking, but despite their disabilities, they challenge me every day to take them to the next level and prove to others that they are far more capable than anyone could ever imagine.

Our entire day revolves around the individual needs of each one of my students. The skills my students work on daily will impact their lives forever. I cannot begin to express how amazing it would be to use items from our projects to assist my students in meeting their goals and learning new skills that they will carry with them throughout life. Every day, we look past the disability and instead at their abilities and with this in mind, the possibilities are endless!

My Project

One of the most important things educators can do, beyond keeping their students healthy and safe, is to read with them. It turns out that reading aloud, is actually a wonderful way of helping children to reach their full potential. Just by looking at books with a student, I can be a great storyteller and a good model for using language and books. These interactive books will take our literacy time above and beyond. My students have severe special needs. They all have a severe delay in their language skills and are not yet talking or communicating. I also have one student with a severe vision impairment. These books will allow my students to interact during story time by feeling the characters on the pages, hearing sounds along with the stories, and counting along with the pop-a-dot books by feeling and popping the dots.

Reading aloud and sharing stories with children is a great way to spend time together.

Reading and storytelling also helps promote language, literacy and brain development. My students enjoy books songs and stories that have good rhyme, rhythm and repetition. In fact, one of the ways that children learn is through repetition and rhyme. Telling stories, singing songs and hearing rhymes together are also great activities incorporated in these books that support early literacy skills. Pluse my students will have a lot of fun at the same time.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lightahead Artificial Tropical Fish Aquarium Decorative Lamp Virtual Ocean in Motion • Amazon Business $37.99 1 $37.99
Eric Carle Animal Babies Listen And Learn Board Book (World of Eric Carle) (The World of Eric Carle: Play-a-Sound) • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
The Wheels on the Bus: Wild Safari (Poke-A-Dot!) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Poke A Dot Goodnight, Animals Book With Pop-A-Tronic Technology • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
WHO'S IN THE OCEAN? (Poke-A-Dot!) • Amazon Business $13.31 1 $13.31
Noisy Touch and Feel: Owl Says Hoot • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
Discovery Kids Moo on the Farm (Discovery 10 Button) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
OLD MACDONALD'S FARM (Poke-a-Dot!) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Ten Playful Penguins • Amazon Business $10.57 1 $10.57
Discovery Kids Splash in the Ocean! • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Never Touch a Monster • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? sound book • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
Discovery Kids Roar at the Zoo Sound Book (Discovery 10 Button) • Amazon Business $9.41 1 $9.41
Noisy Trucks (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Noisy Dinosaurs (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Noisy Farm (My First Touch and Feel Sound Book) • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
Ten Little Ladybugs Board Book Set For Kids Toddlers with Stickers • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
What Makes a Rainbow? Magic Ribbon Book • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Spring • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Bright Baby Touch & Feel At the Zoo (Bright Baby Touch and Feel) • Amazon Business $3.79 1 $3.79
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Winter • Amazon Business $2.92 1 $2.92
Fall (Bright Baby Touch and Feel) • Amazon Business $2.87 1 $2.87

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