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Ms. Mademoiselle Segal from Milwaukee WI is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Literacy in a Lovely Library

My students need a carpet, puppets, and other materials that will make our classroom library a place they flock to, increasing engagement, comfort, and opportunities for creative freedom.

  • $726 goal

This project expired on June 18, 2018.

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My Students

My class consists of 30 students from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, all coming together over the common bond of learning in a French immersion setting. This is an exciting time for learning, as this is when students are becoming emergent readers, and recognizing words and phrases in French!

Research shows that students learn best in an environment that is welcoming, cozy, and conducive to learning, and I want to make my library a comfortable and stimulating place where students choose to immerse themselves in the French language.

The more students have books in their hands that make for exciting and pleasurable reading adventures, the stronger the connection to reading. Taking into account the multimodal characteristics of students and their needs at this age, I want to stock the library with story retelling materials as well, so that students can practice their sequencing skills and French communication with each other.

My Project

We have been working on a school-wide initiative the last few years to enhance the comfort and welcoming aura of our classrooms, following Charlotte Danielson's Domain 2: The Classroom Environment, and more specifically 2e: Organizing Physical Space, and best practice research that shows that a more comfortable learning environment is connected to greater student learning. We have been slowly filling our rooms with flexible seating, colorful surroundings, calming corners, plants, lamps to replace harsh fluorescent lights, and other creative additions to the classroom.

As Kindergarten is the year that students are transforming into emergent readers, your donations will help turn our classroom library into a safe haven of comfort, calm, and creativity, with a focus on engagement and literacy.

The goal is for my students to enjoy themselves and find pleasure in reading books, retelling stories to themselves and each other, and discovering new ways to create their own stories. I want to supply them with richly engaging books, but equally as important are a comfortable carpet on which they can sit or lay down with a good read; diverse human figures, puppets, and felt figures to use to retell stories or create new ones; and sheet protectors to keep the pages safe of the classroom books they make themselves. I am also working on building a listening station to use both in the library and as a literacy station, so that they can hear native French speakers as much as possible in their connection to literacy and phonemic awareness.

Ms. Mademoiselle Segal
Grades PreK-2
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
Mt. Shasta Solid Carpet - 8'4" x 12' Rectangle - Blue Skies • Kaplan Early Learning Company $254.96 1 $254.96
Occupation Puppets (Set of 8) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $101.96 1 $101.96
500 (5 Plastic Bags of 100 in a Box) GTP Clear Top Loading Heavyweight, Heavy Duty Sheet Protectors Holds 8.5"X11" paper s, ,Bulk Reinforced Binding Edge.Heavyweight • Amazon Business $33.95 1 $33.95
AC225 - Alpha-Bots • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Vinyl Career Figures • Kaplan Early Learning Company $29.71 1 $29.71
AA103 - Pastel Giant Washable Color Ink Pads - 5-Color Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $27.99 1 $27.99
LA802 - 8-Station Junction Box With Volume Controls • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
Friends With Diverse Abilities • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 1 $21.21
Sky Blue Flannelboard • Kaplan Early Learning Company $17.81 1 $17.81
Storage Basket Orgagnizer Bin Large Woven Felt Round with Handle Collapsible (12.6 x 13.4inch) Jasis Woo • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
mDesign Knit Baby Nursery Closet Organizer, Bin for Stuffed Animals, Toys, Books - Small, Gray/Ivory • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Pete the Cat Puppet Stick • Kaplan Early Learning Company $9.31 1 $9.31

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