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Ms. Calhoun from Alexandria VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning to Love Reading!

My students need engaging and quality books that encourage a love for reading and a rug, a junction box, and feedback phones to create an inviting space to read!

  • $719 goal

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My Students

Kindergarten classrooms provide an exciting group of mixed interests, abilities, and goals. Some of my students are learning to read, write, and count, while some of their classmates are learning to recognize letters and sounds. Our students love to play outside and learn new games.

In this class, we build a community around what we have in common and the shared experiences we can find through the literature that we read.

I teach in a wing of three kindergartens. We hope to teach a love for learning and reading through all that we do. We recognize different abilities and skills while supporting students where they are to help them grow.

My Project

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss

Reading is fundamental.

Your love for reading is defined at an early age by what we read, how much we read, and where we read. One of my goals as a Kindergarten teacher this year is to help my students learn to love to read. A world of adventure, exploration, and imagination is available to them through books.

During our day, we spend time reading and learning to read. We use centers around the room to help us move and experience learning. One of our centers is the classroom library center. Students will come and read here.

My project is centered around creating an inviting space for them to come and read as well as the resources they can use to help all students develop a love for reading. The rug will be the center of that space and allow them to read in a comfortable nook. Toobaloo phones are a great way for students to hear themselves as they read to practice fluency. Additional fluency practice will occur through a listening center at a computer. The headphone junction box will allow up to 8 students to listen to a text being read to them by a fluent reader at the same time. Through the use of engaging books, flexible seating options, and other resources and manipulatives, students will be able to engage in the text in a way that they couldn't before.

Ms. Calhoun
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 23 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Blue Toobaloo Auditory Feedback Phone - Accelerate reading fluency, comprehension and pronunciation with a reading phone. • Amazon Business $6.65 8 $53.20
LOCHAS Ultra Soft Indoor Modern Area Rugs Fluffy Living Room Carpets Suitable for Children Bedroom Home Decor Nursery Rugs 4 Feet by 5.3 Feet (Gray) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
LA802 - 8-Station Junction Box With Volume Controls • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
Nic Bishop: Butterflies and Moths • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Make Way for Ducklings (Viking Kestrel picture books) • Amazon Business $16.48 1 $16.48
The Rain Came Down • Amazon Business $15.77 1 $15.77
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Swimmy 50th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $13.12 1 $13.12
Goldilocks and the Three Bears • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
The Lorax (Classic Seuss) • Amazon Business $12.80 1 $12.80
Owl Moon • Amazon Business $12.72 1 $12.72
The Relatives Came • Amazon Business $12.67 1 $12.67
Dragons Love Tacos • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
No, David! • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
Two Bad Ants • Amazon Business $12.22 1 $12.22
Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $12.13 1 $12.13
Doctor De Soto • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
A Chair for My Mother • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
Brave Irene: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Owen (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story • Amazon Business $10.12 1 $10.12
Dirt on My Shirt • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Oliver Button Is a Sissy • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
Frogs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Stellaluna • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ladybugs • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Three Hens and a Peacock • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Salamander Room (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.88 1 $7.88
The Little Red Hen (Folk Tale Classics) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Toot & Puddle • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Crazy Hair Day • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Big Blue Whale: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Julius, the Baby of the World • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
Thunder Cake • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Miss Rumphius • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Koala Lou • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
The Snowy Day • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
My Sister Gracie • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04
The Grouchy Ladybug • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $5.53 1 $5.53
Fireflies • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble • Amazon Business $5.30 1 $5.30
National Geographic Readers: Martin Luther King, Jr. (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Frog and Toad Together (I Can Read Level 2) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Henry And Mudge First Book • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book) • Amazon Business $2.26 1 $2.26

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