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Ms. PHAN from Oakland CA is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Literacy Through Our Senses in PreK.

Help me give my students exciting and engaging, hands on, interactive books, and puppets, to help them foster a love for books!

  • $593 goal

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

I teach in a self contained, moderate to severe prekindergarten autism classroom. Our school is located in a high-poverty, predominantly African American community, and we are the only PreK SDC program at the site. My students who range from ages three to five are curious, high energy, sensory seeking explorers. They learn through play and hands on materials.

Each student is unique in their own precious way and faces many challenges that prevent them from learning.

Many students come into the classroom not knowing how to sit and pay attention to songs or books. Sensory manipulatives are used consistently throughout our schedule to help support students throughout the day. Additionally, they need individualized visual schedules to help them transition. Many of the students are non-verbal and are starting to communicate with pictures/gestures.

My Project

My students learn best through play and exploring with their senses. They learn by feeling things, smelling things, looking at things, and mouthing things. I am in need of indestructible books that are interactive and engaging. For the past years, I have been creating my own books by dissembling them and laminating each page and adding a picture icon of core words to each page or adding sensory paper (soft, hard, bumpy, and sandy), and scratch and sniff stickers to our books. However, my collection has been dwindling over years of wear and tear and it's time to replace them. Unfortunately, this has been an extremely stressful and time and I haven't been able to find the resources and time to replenish these books.

I want to give my students the opportunity to fall in love with books while supporting their senses.

Please help me provide interactive books, touch and feel books, sensory books, and hands-on materials such as puppets, and fidget toys to help children develop a love of reading by seeing, touching, and smelling how fun books can be!

Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
$100 Gift Card for Educational Resources on Teachers Pay Teachers • Teachers Pay Teachers $100.00 1 $100.00
deMoca Quiet Book for Toddlers - Montessori Basic Skills Activity Toys – Preschool Learning Soft Travel Toy & Sensory Educational Busy Book for 3 Year Old Boys & Girls + Zipper Bag, Red • Amazon Business $38.95 1 $38.95
LA327 - It Looked Like Spilt Milk Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
Upgraded Large Size Magic Practice Copybook for Kids, Handwriting Practice Workbook, Reusable Writing Practice Book for Preschools(4 Books with Pens)-Pink Bag • Amazon Business $25.98 1 $25.98
Busy Book for Kids, Montessori Toys for Toddlers, Autism Sensory Educational Toys, 12 Pages Toddler Preschool Activity Binder and Early Learning Toys Book - for Boys & Girls Develops Fine Motor Skills • Amazon Business $23.86 1 $23.86
HORIECHALY Scratch and Sniff Stickers, 100 Sheets with 25 Different Scents, Best Choice for Kids & Teachers & Parents as Reward Stickers, Christmas Gift, Party Favor, Goodie. Awesome Smelly Stickers. • Amazon Business $17.97 1 $17.97
Thought-Spot I Know What to Do Feeling/Moods Book & Poster; Different Moods/Emotions; Autism; ADHD; Helps Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices; Laminated (FLIPBOOK) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
hand2mind See My Feelings Mirror, Social Emotional Learning, Shatterproof Mirror for Kids, Anger Management Toys, Anxiety Relief Items, Mindfulness for Kids, Calm Down Corner, Anxiety Toys (Set of 1) • Amazon Business $17.26 1 $17.26
12 Pieces Pea Popper Peapod Fidget Toy Set Included 3 Soybean Toy 3 Peanut Toy 3 Banana Facial Expressions Toys 3 Chicken Laying Egg Toys Extrusion Keychain for Teens and Adults Release Stress • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Baby Books Soft Cloth Book Toy,Fish Baby Shark Soft Activity Crinkle Books Toys for Early Education for Babies,Toddlers,Infants,Kids,Teether Ring,Teething Baby Book Baby Shark Tails Octopus & Gift Box • Amazon Business $16.75 1 $16.75
COCGVEL Fidget Toys Pack, Push Pop Bubble Fidget Sensory Popitz Toys, Simple Dimple Fidget Toys, Fidget Toys for Sensory Kids, Dimples Fidget Toys, Fidgets Toys, Bubble Pop Fidget Toys 21pcs • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Melissa & Doug Soft Activity Baby Book - The Wonderful World of Peekaboo! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Pet This Book • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Mr. Sketch Chiseled Tip Marker, 2054594, 22 Assorted Scented Markers • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Melissa & Doug Children's Book - Poke-a-Dot: What’s Your Favorite Color (Board Book with Buttons to Pop) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I say Ooh You say Aah • Amazon Business $10.72 1 $10.72
Hoppity Frog: A Slide-and-Seek Book • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Mix It Up! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Press Here • Amazon Business $8.08 1 $8.08
Tap the Magic Tree Board Book • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Don't Push the Button! Let's Say Good Night: An Interactive Bedtime Story for Kids • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29

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