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Mrs. Nelson from Tucson AZ is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Kindergarten Small Group ELA Centers

Help me give my students tools such as learning centers and headphones to succeed in learning while working in small groups.

  • $610 goal

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My Students

Today we're kindergartners at a STEAM school, tomorrow we will be scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and artists! My students need materials for small group Language Arts centers. This allows me as a teacher, to meet with small groups to reteach class curriculum while my other students are productively working on tactile materials focusing on phonics, letter recognition, reading and writing skills.

My students are diverse, energetic 5 and 6 year olds in a southern Arizona Title 1, STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math) school.

99% of our students qualify to receive free lunch. Most are English Language Learners, including refugees from Africa, Asia, Mexico and the Middle East. All coming from low-income households, living in neighborhood apartments and trailer parks. School is often the first place my students are exposed to literacy, math and STEAM activities in English. They come from homes where education is often not a priority, making the initial readiness gap wider. They strive to do their best against the odds and are always excited to come to school and learn.

My Project

My kindergarten students are very active. I am working with curriculum that does not offer any tactile materials.

My students working at centers will have the opportunity to explore, touch, move and create exciting new experiences while learning about basic kindergarten skills.

By having educational, hands-on centers, it will allow me to work with smaller groups of students to drive home concepts.

A gift of four headphones will allow four students to use our classroom computers. The computers have access to digital materials that tie into our curriculum. Our class can not use the computers since the volume will disrupt the class.

The Language Instant Learning Centers will allow students so many opportunities to build letter recognition, beginning sounds and early sight words. I have a couple students who can benefit from the higher level centers like rhyming sounds, syllable count, and down the road building simple sentences.

Lace-a-Word Beads will work on hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and recognition of letters in the students' names.

Finally, my class will enjoy the introduction to nonfiction and fiction stories. The kids will benefit with easy differentiation with leveled stories and exercises I can work in small groups.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, 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.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TT830X - Language Instant Learning Centers - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $229.00 1 $229.00
GG365X - Touch& Read Phonics Word Match- Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $85.00 1 $85.00
DD210 - Multipurpose Headphones with Volume Control • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 4 $39.96
TT194 - I Can Build Simple Words • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
EE821 - Picture It! Daily Comprehension Activities - K-Gr. 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
BD297 - Lace-A-Word Beads - Lowercase • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
BD294 - Lace-A-Word Beads - Uppercase • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99

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