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Ms. LeBrell from Florissant MO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

LEGOs: A Tool for Building Effective Interpersonal and Communication

Help me give my students LEGO sets for the communication tools necessary to succeed in school!

  • $413 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I am a school psychologist at a 6th Grade Center and a primary Pre-K through 2nd grade building in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Between these buildings we serve over 600 students, 92% of whom receive free and reduced price lunch. Our schools are diverse, with children from all ethnic backgrounds, family situations, and levels of academic/behavior proficiency. While many of our students are on grade-level, many more struggle with academic and social/emotional/behavioral deficits.

The students I work with in "Lego Club" have been identified as requiring intervention to address behavioral concerns.

My students do not receive special education support and are bright individuals. However, they struggle in the classroom because they communicate ineffectively, are sometimes defiant, and are quick to react to real or perceived injustices from both peers and adults using ineffective means. My goal is to increase vocabulary, social skills, self-advocacy skills, and especially communication, while building relationships with and between my students!

My Project

Lego Club meets twice a week for 30 to 40 minutes. I started with our school's Robotics Club kits, but quickly found these were not engaging to my students and were more complex than we were looking for. Between my counselor and I, we are hoping to service multiple groups of first, second, and sixth graders. Not only has this intervention helped build students' social communication skills, but it has allowed me to build better relationships with many students I would not otherwise have the opportunity to work with.

Rest assured I do not dump Legos on a table and let 'em go to town!

This would result in mass chaos! During Lego Club (a model I've adapted from Daniel LeGoff's book: Lego Based Therapy) the students change roles throughout our sessions. These include Engineer, Supplier, and Builder. We have set our ground rules--to be kind, to cooperate, and to do your job. Each month I pick a new social skill of focus, such as asking for help/clarification, taking turns, disagreeing politely, staying on task, etc.

The students have roles which change each session: Engineer--describing Lego pieces (building vocabulary and basic concepts) and giving directions (communicating effectively and working with others), Supplier--finding pieces (using listening skills and problem solving), and Builder--putting pieces together (using listening skills and following directions). Other skills are built such as waiting patiently, helping others, and providing feedback. Most importantly, the students are working together to create something!

Ms. LeBrell
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Friends Stephanie's House 41314 Build and Play Toy House with Mini Dolls, Dollhouse Kit (622 Pieces) • Amazon Business $55.99 1 $55.99
LEGO 31035 Creator Beach Hut • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
LEGO Friends Heartlake City Pet Center 41345 Building Kit (474 Piece) • Amazon Business $47.59 1 $47.59
LEGO Creator Modular Modern Home 31068 Building Kit (386 Piece) • Amazon Business $44.10 1 $44.10
LEGO Creator 3in1 Riverside Houseboat 31093 Building Kit , New 2019 (396 Piece) • Amazon Business $33.18 1 $33.18
LEGO Creator 3in1 Modular Sweet Surprises 31077 Building Kit (396 Piece) • Amazon Business $31.93 1 $31.93
LEGO Creator 3in1 Sunshine Surfer Van 31079 Building Kit (379 Piece) • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
LEGO Friends Olivia’s Cupcake Café 41366 Building Kit , New 2019 (335 Piece) • Amazon Business $24.86 1 $24.86

Materials cost

$315.59

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.73

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$350.32

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$61.82

Total project goal

$412.14

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$412.14

10 Donors

-$328.00

Donations toward project cost

-$279.85

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$48.15

Matching donations from our partners

-$82.91

Match offers toward project cost

-$70.47

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$12.44

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$1.24

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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