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Mrs. Hayes from Louisville KY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through Play

My students need toys such as the Learning Resources Pretend & Play Animal Hospital and book activity sets like the Lakeshore Storytelling Kits to increase their language and play skills.

  • $1,178 goal

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My Students

My students are special education preschoolers in an urban preschool center. These children all have language impairments, and many have not yet learned to talk. Most of the children I work with are in small classrooms where they can get more small group and individualized instruction to address their weaknesses. I provide speech therapy in the classroom to increase their communication skills during natural classroom activities. The preschool curriculum has monthly themes on which we base our activities. I am hoping to receive toys and materials that will help me to increase the children's learning and communication as part of these thematic units.

My Project

Children can learn so much through play, and language is so naturally a part of play. Therefore, I love to work on developing language skills through fun play activities. It is even better if the play activities that the children are engaged in are related to the classroom curriculum. That is why I have chosen themed play sets such as the Pretend & Play Work Belt & Tool Set and the Learning Resources Pretend & Play Animal Hospital. I will use these to teach the children vocabulary about the thematic unit and to encourage more communication.

Another fantastic way to increase language skills for preschool children is using book sets that have pictures/manipulatives to go with them, such as Lakeshore Storytelling Kits - Set 2.

Having pictures and manipulatives keeps the children engaged and provides opportunities for additional learning activities to go along with the book.

With these materials, I can impact so many preschool children and work on increasing their language skills in ways that are fun and engaging!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LA960X - Lakeshore Storytelling Kits - Set 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $169.00 1 $169.00
Tabletop Desktop Pocket Chart with Bonus 20X Dry Erase Cards. Double Sided and Self-standing (13" X 12") • Amazon Business $14.99 10 $149.90
RECORDER GOTALK ONE • School Specialty $14.19 8 $113.52
Game Zone Buddy's Balloon Launch Game - 2 to 4 Players - Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $12.90 3 $38.70
Storage Bins With Lids (Set of 5) - Clear • Kaplan Early Learning Company $37.36 1 $37.36
Pretend & Playtm Work Belt & Tool Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
Farmer's Market Color Sorting Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
LC270X - Storytelling Puppets - Set 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LA954 - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Storytelling Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LC260X - Storytelling Puppets - Set 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Nonis 15" Deluxe Baby Doll Set - Blue • Kaplan Early Learning Company $28.86 1 $28.86
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Animal Hospital, 20 Pieces • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Learning Resources New Sprouts Grow It!, 9 Pieces • Amazon Business $24.27 1 $24.27
Sliceable Fruits and Veggies (23 Pieces) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 1 $21.21
Create-Your-Own Farm Building Playset for Kids with Garden Tools, Crops & Fruits • Amazon Business $20.95 1 $20.95
Wind Up Toy,28 Pack Assorted Clockwork Toy Set,Original Color Wind Up Animal Party Favors Toy Great Gift For Boys Girls Kids Toddlers(Contents and Color May Vary) • Amazon Business $18.98 1 $18.98
Super Sonic Laser Top with Flashing Lights & Sounds • Amazon Business $8.50 2 $17.00
Pressman Toys Shark Bite Game (2-4 Players) • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
TOMY Pop Up Pirate • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Ice Cream Stacking Tower Balancing Game with Scooper for Kids • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Delivering Your Mail (Community Workers) • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Windy City Novelties Hand-Held LED Light Up Galaxy Spinner with Flashing LED Lights • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
Toy Cubby Assorted Balloon Powered Race Cars for Kids - Pack of Twelve - Ideal for Parties, Rewards, Birthdays, Holidays, Prizes, etc.... • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
A Trip to the Grocery Store (PowerKiDS Readers: My Community) • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
A Trip to the Grocery Store (PowerKiDS Readers: My Community) • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
A Day in the Life of a Construction Worker (Community Helpers at Work) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian (Community Helpers at Work) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: In My Garden (Look & Learn) • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: In My Garden (Look & Learn) • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Jobs on a Farm (World of Farming) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
I Want To Be A Doctor • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74

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