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Mrs. SWINTON from Bonner SPRNGS KS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Kindergarten Mental Health: Stretching and Mindfulness

Help me give my students an awareness about themselves that will help build their confidence in making decisions during hard times in their lives.

  • $598 goal

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My Students

My school is in a suburban town of a medium-sized city. This year, our school has 432 students as reported in our September 20th count. 55% (approx) were approved for free and reduced lunch. Our school is in a community where members collaborate and make decisions in the best interests of the students, schools, and families. I live and work in this community.

I have 18 students in my class.

Three require speech and language services. Four speak English as a second language. Four have individualized education plans (IEPs) for math, reading or behavior. Six students receive intervention services for math or reading.

My Project

Stretching poses and mindfulness activities are used with children who need support with sensory and social skills such as self-awareness, decision making, and identifying feelings. Using these stretches and poses will help to increase the chance of positive mental health. In schools, students are asked to try new things that may cause anxiety and frustration. This may not include students who need sensory supports.

Practicing mindfulness poses and breathing techniques give students the ability to focus on being attentive at the moment and build self-awareness.

Kindergarten students need a way to channel their attention to cope with the demands of a classroom. I have several students who could benefit from mindfulness activities and sensory supports.

This year I would like to gift my students with life skills that they can use anywhere & anytime they are struggling with emotions or difficult situations. I will teach them coping strategies using breathing techniques and stretching poses to increase their positive mental health. Doing stretching poses and mindfulness activities increase students' abilities to manage their emotions and deal with multiple daily school transitions. Listening to positive affirmations and literature will support students' growth in self-confidence and self-worth.

Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 19 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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LIDANDAN Flow Rings, Kinetic Rings Toy Fidget Slinky 3D Spring Toy Sculpture Ring Game Toy Rainbow and Silver 2-pack for Kids Boys And Girl, Rave Accessories, Festival Accessories(Rainbow-Silver) • Amazon Business $11.49 3 $34.47
I Get Along With Others Book Set - Paperback (Set of 6) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $24.26 1 $24.26
I'm In Control of Myself Book Set - Paperback (Set of 6) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $24.26 1 $24.26
I Have Feelings Books - Set of 6 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $24.26 1 $24.26
I Believe in Myself Book Set - Paperback (Set of 6) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $24.26 1 $24.26
Body Poetry: Yoga Cards • Kaplan Early Learning Company $23.36 1 $23.36
Original Mini Hoberman Sphere - Grows from 6" to 12" instantly! (Linking Rings) • Amazon Business $21.22 1 $21.22
PARADISE PARTY PINWHEELS (1 DOZEN) - BULK Children, Kids, Game • Amazon Business $9.29 2 $18.58
The Tree of Goodness • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Jovitec 4 Pieces Flow Ring 3D Spinner Ring Spring Bracelet Arm Toy for Teens Adults Games Spinning Metal Globe Slides Down Arms (Color Set 3) • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $15.35 1 $15.35
Brookstone Hoberman Expanding Mini Sphere Toy • Amazon Business $15.10 1 $15.10
The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids (SmartFun Activity Books) • Amazon Business $13.86 1 $13.86
Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups: 100+ Fun Yoga and Mindfulness Activities to Practice Together • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Yoga Pretzels: 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids & Grownups (Card Deck) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $13.46 1 $13.46
The Mindfulness Journal: Daily Practices, Writing Prompts, and Reflections for Living in the Present Moment • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
La Familia Bola (Artistas Mini-Animalistas) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.03 1 $13.03
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
I Am Yoga • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness , Focus and Calm • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23

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