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Ms. Toothman from Statesboro GA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It Makes Sense!

My students need SENSORYBALLS, MODELING DOUGH, and Giant Kid-Safe Stamp Pads.

  • $447 goal

This project expired on May 5, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I serve 13 students in a self-contained special education classroom. I have 3 students with Autism, 3 with Cerebral Palsy, and 1 child who is Down Syndrome. Characteristic of these disabilities is the need for a great amount of sensory input during the school day and while learning.

These students attend a regular elementary public school.

Many of them spend all of their school day in their separate class, and others are included with their peers for larger portions of the day. Whether they are with me all day or for half of the day, they are my perfect little sweethearts. Within 60 seconds of entering our classroom, my students can melt any heart. They are loving and fun. Most of them work hard most days. They have many needs including motor, emotional, academic, behavioral, language, adaptive living, and sensory. If one of these needs go unmet, they struggle in other areas. It takes balance to meet each of these needs in each student every day. These kids can learn so much with intensive and goal oriented programing which is driven by data. Seeing them learn new things inspires everyone in our school.

My Project

Of all of the deficit areas listed above, I recognize sensory needs as a huge need in our classroom which is not being met. This is largely due to a lack of materials. I put together a package of many small objects which will lead to sensory development, whether visual like the marble maze, stamps, and Find It games, tactile like the letter tracing aids and Playdough, or gross motor input as the weighted beanbags would offer. I need to begin a collection of materials that will enable me to meet all of these student's individual range of sensory needs. Please help me in jump-starting a collection of sensory items. As a young teacher, I have not collected enough items to fully meet the sensory deficits of my students.

What happens if sensory needs go unmet?

Some students may engage in rocking or hand-flapping. Other students who lack proprioceptive skills may be afraid of swings and slides. They may seek more stimulation by walking or giving hugs observably harder than typical peers. Students may also engage in negative behavior as a form of self-stimulation. All of these factors inhibit students from being included with their peers and accessing instruction to the maximum extent.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BALLS ROLL-N-RATTLE SENSORYBALLS ST/3 • Abilitations, Inc. $32.28 1 $32.28
BALL TACTILE LIGHT UP BUBBLE GEL • Abilitations, Inc. $5.11 1 $5.11
DOUGH MODELING 1/4 LB BARS SET OF 8 - SCHOOL SMART • Abilitations, Inc. $5.97 1 $5.97
GAME FIND IT KIDS EDITION • Abilitations, Inc. $18.99 1 $18.99
FIND IT GAME-AT THE BEACH • Abilitations, Inc. $18.99 1 $18.99
BEANBAGS COLORS ST/10 • Abilitations, Inc. $20.89 1 $20.89
CARDS ALPHABET TACTILE LETTERS SET OF 54 • Abilitations, Inc. $16.62 1 $16.62
FIDGET TANGLE THERAPY • Abilitations, Inc. $12.72 1 $12.72
TOY - HAIRY TANGLE JR. • Abilitations, Inc. $6.64 1 $6.64
MANIPULATIVES MARBLE RUN SET OF 68 • Abilitations, Inc. $27.45 1 $27.45
DE190 - Reusable Write & Wipe Pocket - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 1 $19.95
LA866BU - Giant Kid-Safe Stamp Pad - Blue • Lakeshore Learning $4.29 1 $4.29
LA866GR - Giant Kid-Safe Stamp Pad - Green • Lakeshore Learning $4.29 1 $4.29
LA866RD - Giant Kid-Safe Stamp Pad - Red • Lakeshore Learning $4.29 1 $4.29
LA866BK - Giant Kid-Safe Stamp Pad - Black • Lakeshore Learning $4.29 1 $4.29
LA125 - Stamp, Draw & Write Story Center • Lakeshore Learning $59.95 1 $59.95
RR416 - Color-Changing Touch Board • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 1 $39.95

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