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Ms. Lankenau-Weeks from New York NY is requesting supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

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Knit to Succeed: Help Struggling Readers Learn Needed Skills

The cost of knitting needles and yarn for my classes is $742, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am the reading specialist at a charter school in the South Bronx. I teach pull-out classes of 5th and 6th grade students who are low readers. My students begin the year reading significantly below grade level, and I am working with them to improve their skills to the point where they can once again be in the mainstream English class. So where does knitting come in, you might ask? I have realized over the past few months that my students would progress significantly faster in their reading if they could acquire certain skills that I believe they could develop through knitting. First, my students need to learn to concentrate and focus for extended periods of time; many of them have a difficult time sustaining their attention when they read. Second, they need to improve their fine motor skills; they struggle greatly with handwriting, which negatively impacts their ability to respond in writing to what they read. Finally, they need, as all children do, opportunities for success and creativity. As an avid knitter myself, I know that knitting offers all these possibilities and more. I would like to offer a "knitting club" during lunch and after school. I am asking for yarn in various colors and textures, sets of knitting needles, and 2 books with ideas for simple knitting projects for children. Our school does not offer art classes of any kind, and I am sure that many children would welcome the chance to learn a new craft. As an added benefit, and because I am, after all, a reading teacher, I also plan to "sneak" reading into my knitting classes. Once the children have learned the basic stitches and are working on projects, what better opportunity could there be for a read-aloud? I believe that the calming atmosphere of a knitting group would create an ideal environment for enjoying children's literature. I am sure that this project will bring many benefits to the students that I teach. Thank you so much for considering this proposal!

Ms. Lankenau-Weeks
Grades 3-5
  • Adult School #4
  • New York, NY
  • This project will reach 30 students.

    16 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
YARN SAX SPECL 25LB ASST MFG NO: Y25 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $118.95 1 $118.95
Crystal Lite Knitting Needle Set (11,13,15) • S&S Worldwide $16.99 10 $169.90
Crystal Lite Knitting Needle Set (8,9,10,101/2) • S&S Worldwide $14.99 10 $149.90
Kids Knitting • Barnes & Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Kids Easy Knitting Projects • Barnes & Noble $7.95 1 $7.95
YARN SAYL ACRYLIC 3OZ WHITE MFG NO: A3075 R3A 0301 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.90 5 $9.50
YARN ACRYLC 3.5 OZ HOT ORANGE MFG NO: A3075 R3A 0340 HTO • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.90 5 $9.50
YARN SYL ACRYLC 3.5 OZ RYL BLU MFG NO: A3075 R3A 0318 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.79 5 $8.95
YARN ACRLYC 3.5 OZ XMAS RED MFG NO: A3075 0406 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.79 5 $8.95
YARN SAYL ACRYLC 3.5 OZ LEMON MFG NO: A3075 R3A 0331 LEM • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.79 5 $8.95
YARN ACRYLC 3.5 OZ XMAS GREEN MFG NO: A3075 0410 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.79 5 $8.95
YARN ACRYLC 3.5 OZ BABY BLUE MFG NO: A3075 0389 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.71 5 $8.55
YARN ACRYLC 3.5 OZ LILAC MFG NO: A3075 R3A 0335 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.71 5 $8.55
NEEDLE STL YARN #13 2.75"PK2 MFG NO: CB19813 • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc. $1.39 5 $6.95

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