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Mrs. P. from Milwaukee WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Life Skills

My students need activities and materials to work on fine motor and life skills. Materials requested include laminating pouches, a rolling cart, lacing beads, and play food.

  • $460 goal

This project expired on August 5, 2018.

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My Students

My students are a vibrant bunch of boys and girls who just want to be able to learn just like everyone else. Their intellectual disabilities often prevent that from happening. They all have different backgrounds. My students are a mixture of nationalities, languages, and disabilities. This is part of what makes them special. What they have in common is trauma, poverty, and a desire to learn despite their disabilities. Most of these are not qualities they are proud of, but they deal with what they are given. The results are mixed, but their drive never stops.

My Project

Not everything about school is reading, writing, and math. My special needs students need to learn life skills. Though they are in upper elementary school, it's never too early to start learning the skills that will be needed in the future. My students will go on to have jobs in the future. Some may stock shelves in the future. Some may sort materials for projects in an office. Some may be skilled enough to make sandwiches. They need to work on skills to help them perform these jobs.

I have requested learning toys to help my students with fine motor, sorting, ordering, and matching skills, which will help them in their future jobs.

Felt food sets will teach students matching skills. Stringing beads will help students with patterns, and also assist in building fine motor skills. Nuts and bolts will help build skills in following a specific routine. Peg board bins, plastic shoe boxes, shoe cubby, and a rolling cart will help to keep materials organized and easily accessible. Printer ink and laminating pouches will allow me to both label bins with pictures of what should be in them, but also print pictures of “recipes” using the felt food sets. The cookbook will allow us to expand our cooking curriculum with easy to follow picture recipes for my non-readers.

Learning should be fun, and it should also be functional. While I will continue working on reading and math skills, these functional skills are much more important to my students and their futures, so I cannot forget about that. The activities will also help to build independence in my students because these are tasks that can be completed by every student either individually or with a partner. Every task they can complete without adult assistance is a huge step forward.

Mrs. P.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Playful Chef Cookbook • Amazon Business $62.81 1 $62.81
IRIS 7-Drawer Rolling Storage Cart with Organizer Top, Black • Amazon Business $40.39 1 $40.39
Crystal Clear 200-Pieces Universal Thermal Laminating Pouches • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
SONGMICS 16-Cube Stackable Shoe Rack 4-Tier Shoe Cubby Organizer Adjustable for Shoe & Boot Storage Black ULMR16Z • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99
Learning Resources A to Z Alphabet Groceries, 26 Pieces • Amazon Business $29.98 1 $29.98
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Wooden Lacing Cards With Double-Sided Panels and Matching Laces • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
ValueToner Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for HP 932XL 933XL(5 Pack)for HP Officejet 6600, Officejet 6700, Officejet 7612, Officejet 6100, Officejet 7610, Officejet 7110 Printer • Amazon Business $23.89 1 $23.89
Sterilite 16428012 6 Quart/5.7 Liter Storage Box, White Lid with Clear Base (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $22.35 1 $22.35
Melissa & Doug Felt Food Mix 'n Match Pizza Play Food Set (40 pcs) • Amazon Business $18.47 1 $18.47
Melissa & Doug Felt Food Sandwich Play Food Set (33 pcs) • Amazon Business $16.39 1 $16.39
Jumbo Nuts and Bolts Set with Backpack by Skoolzy - 24 pc - Occupational Therapy - Matching Fine Motor Toy for Toddlers Preschoolers - Free Activity Download • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
WallPeg Pegboard Bin Kit - Pegboard Parts Storage Craft Organizer Tool Peg Board Workbench Bins Accessories • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Jumbo String Beads with 65 Beads,4 Strings & Lacing Beads Set for Toddlers-Montessori Preschool for Occupational Autism Ot (with Storage Bag) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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