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Ms. Lorinda from Milwaukee WI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It Is Only Natural That Sawdust Is Our Glitter

Help me give my students supplies to repair broken materials in our Montessori classroom.

  • $397 goal

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My Students

Our school is a public Montessori school and we have the great privilege to teach by the Montessori pedagogy. Our teaching philosophy believes in following the child and we strive to create a learning environment that is prepared and centered around individual children's interests. It is our job to help spark curiosity within our students so that they continue to be lifelong learners.

"It begins with a knowledge of his surroundings."-Maria Montessori.

Our young scholars are extraordinary because they are not afraid to be creative or curious, they love to question the world around them, they naturally care for one another, they stand up for themselves and one another, and they learn how to push themselves beyond their frustrations.

My Project

Every classroom is full of children learning self-control, and a Montessori classroom full of 3-6 year olds is no exception. The children are simply testing the limits and figuring out what’s right and wrong. My role, as their guide, is to help them navigate the often rough waters of childhood. After all, the behavioral lessons that stick with children are those that come from experiencing natural consequences. No amount of talking, finger-wagging, and chair-sitting will make a dent in their awareness... thus, when a classroom material breaks, or a piece of furniture comes apart, the children are in charge of fixing it. It's only natural. Many times I need to bring tools/clamps/glues from home the following day for the children to use. I would like materials that are stored in the classroom so that the minute something comes apart, that the child can tend to the repair immediately. I am asking for sandpaper blocks for cleaning up marks left on wooden materials, various glues for repairing things that fall apart, clamps to hold them together as the glue sets, jewelry making tools for fixing mathematical bead chains (and for creating art on the art shelves - dual purpose!), and a cordless drill for when we need a heavy duty fix. I am also asking for 3-part cards to teach the children proper terminology of the tools used, and a board book about tools. Lastly, we need a tray to carry the tools from the storage shelf to the work surface, along with a mat and an apron to protect the work surface and their clothing.

“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.” – Maria Montessori

Ms. Lorinda
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Inspiritech 12V Cordless Drill/Driver with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries and Charger,Variable Speed 3/8Inch Keyless Chuck 16 Positions Clutch,Front LED Light,12 Accessories • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
MyGift 17-Inch Rustic Wood Decorative Serving Trays with Cutout Handles, Set of 2 • Amazon Business $37.98 1 $37.98
IRWINQUICK-GRIPOne-Handed Mini Bar Clamp, 12", 1964744 • Amazon Business $12.37 2 $24.74
Three Part Cards - Tools • Montessori Services $19.95 1 $19.95
Meterk 3 Pcs Adjustable Plumbing Pliers Set, Tongue and Groove Pliers, 8 Inch, 10 Inch and 12 Inch Water Pump Pliers, Anti-slip Rubber Handle, Quick and Easy to Adjust MKGP01 • Amazon Business $19.59 1 $19.59
Shortened Design Apron, Japanese Style Soft Cotton Linen Apron with Two Side Pockets, X Cross Halter Apron, Kitchen Cooking Clothes Gift for Women DIY Project, Crafting, Cooking, Baking (Army Green) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Stalwart Spring Clamp – 4.75 Inch Nylon Plastic Grip with Rotating Jaw Pads and Storage Bag for Woodworking, Metal, Photography (Set of 10) • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
TEKTON 23005 12-Inch Adjustable Wrench • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
Bundle - 8 Pack E6000 0.18 Ounce (5.3mL) Bottles Industrial Strength Adhesive for Crafting and Pixiss 6-inch Jewel Picker Setter Pickup Tool - Wax Pencil Rhinestone Applicator Application Kit • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
POWERTEC 71017 Band Clamp with Quick-Release Levers • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Tanjin 8PC Jewelry Tools with Pliers Tweezers Beading Tool Kit Jewelry Making DIY Tools • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
BAISDY 6Pcs Wet Dry Sanding Sponges, 60 80 100 120 180 220 Grit Sanding Pad Assortment, Washable and Reusable • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Tool Book • Montessori Services $7.95 1 $7.95
AdTech High Temp Mini Hot Glue Gun in Black Daisy | Arts and Crafts and DIY | Fun and Cute Tool | Item #0502 • Amazon Business $6.54 1 $6.54
Gorilla Clear Glue Minis, Four 3 gram Tubes, Clear • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
Gorilla 2 Part Epoxy, 5 Minute Set, .85 ounce Syringe, Clear • Amazon Business $5.47 1 $5.47
65 Count Hot Glue Sticks Clear Mini Size 4" Length x 0.28" Diameter Compatible with Industrial Glue Guns No Ordor,Good Adhesion,Few Bubble,Quickly Melting Meeting Your DIY Needs • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Red Devil 4203 1.5-Inch Stiff Putty Knife • Amazon Business $4.67 1 $4.67
Vinyl Mat with Rounded Corners • Montessori Services $2.25 2 $4.50
Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks, Mini Size, 4" Long x .27" Diameter, 30 Count, Clear, (Pack of 1) • Amazon Business $3.97 1 $3.97

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