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Teacher Pho from Springfield MA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through Playing

My students need a kitchen set and meal sets for dramatic play in Kindergarten.

  • $726 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a Kindergarten teacher of 25 years in an urban setting, I have been faced with many challenges. The students in my class are increasingly presenting problems such as poverty, limited English proficiency, family instability, and poor health. Despite the challenges, I strive to give my students the best education they deserve.

Many of these students have little or no preschool experience at the start of Kindergarten.

Some have not been exposed to a simple task like holding a crayon or a pencil properly. I am determined to close the gaps and individualized my instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

My Project

For the past ten years, Kindergarten classrooms have become less developmentally appropriate. My goal for the next school year is to bring play back into the classroom. My first step to remodeling the Kindergarten environment is to build a dramatic play area where kids can be kids. I will use the kitchen set to create a dramatic play center. At this center, while using the meal sets, children will role-play real-life situations such as cooking and sharing meals with a family. Through cooperative play, children will learn how to take turns, share responsibility and creatively problem-solve. The kitchen is one component of dramatic play which will foster language development. Through conversations with each other children will learn to make connections between spoken and written language that will help them learn to read.

Teacher Pho
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina All-in-1 Kitchen • Kaplan Early Learning Company $509.96 1 $509.96
Life-size Pretend Play Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Meal Sets • Kaplan Early Learning Company $67.96 1 $67.96

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