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Ms. Dean from Falls Church VA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Play Together!

My students need a variety of engaging games they can play with their families to develop their executive functioning skills.

  • $430 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our classroom is similar to a shared home. Each morning we come together, share breakfast, and talk with each other about how we're doing and what our hopes are for our day. Throughout the day, we engage in rigorous learning, taking big risks and encouraging each other to bravely take on new learning.

Simultaneously, we are learning how to work together, solve problems, be kind, and take care of each other and our community.

We are a diverse group of individuals who make up a wonderful community of eager learners who love to play and learn together!

My Project

Executive functioning skills are essential in allowing students to be ready to learn at school and engage with their peers in positive ways. Games like board games and card games provide engaging opportunities for students to practice these skills in fun ways. When students follow multi-step directions in a game, they can strengthen their working memory. When students control their impulses, maintain their attention, or control their emotions while playing, they're developing their impulse and self-control. When students make plans and revisions to their strategies while playing, they're strengthening their cognitive and mental flexibility.

"Children aren’t born with these skills—they are born with the potential to develop them." (Executive Functioning & Self-Regulation, 2018)

Many of our students might not have the opportunity or access to these types of games in their homes. This project aims to provide students with the opportunity to take a game home each week in a tote bag and play them at home with their family. This "homework" opportunity goes way beyond what traditional worksheets and workbooks do for kids. Playings games at home with their families strengthens family relations and builds executive functioning skills. Students strengthen their working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. As students play and talk with their families, their oral language skills expand. As they read different cards, directions, and pictures, their early literacy skills grow. Additionally, as students roll dice and count out spaces, their numeracy skills improve.

"If you look at what predicts how well children will do later in school, more and more evidence is showing that executive functions — working memory and inhibition — actually predict success better than IQ tests" (Diamond, 2012). Sharing the critical importance of developing these skills with families and providing the tools to allow students to practice is fundamental in helping these students grow as learners!

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Ms. Dean
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC496 - Best-Buy Tote Bags - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $15.99 3 $47.97
MindWare Qwirkle Board Game • Amazon Business $24.24 1 $24.24
Think Fun Zingo 1-2-3 Number Bingo Game for Age 4 and Up - Award Winner and Toy of the Year Nominee • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Hasbro Jenga • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Jax Sequence for Kids • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Melissa & Doug Junior Suspend Family Game (31 pcs) • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
Hasbro Chutes and Ladders Board Game (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $14.78 1 $14.78
Hasbro Hi Ho Cherry-O Board Game, Practice counting, numbers and math, Preschool, Ages 3 and up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $14.71 1 $14.71
Hasbro Candy Land The World of Sweets Board Game, Preschool, Ages 3 and up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Spin Master Games HedBanz Game - Edition may vary • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Hasbro Perfection Game, Ages 4 and up (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Asmodee Spot It! • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Spot It! Alphabet • Amazon Business $10.03 1 $10.03
eeBoo Happy Families Card Game for Kids • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Asmodee Spot It! Jr. Animals • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
BSIRI TicTacToe Classic Board Games Noughts and Crosses Family Brain Teaser Puzzle Coffee Table For Adults And Children All Ages • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Hasbro Trouble Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Hasbro Sorry! Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Hasbro Connect 4 Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Learning Resources I Sea 10! Game • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Peaceable Kingdom Go Fish! Classic Card Game for Kids - 48 Cards with Gift Box • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Peaceable Kingdom Old Maid Classic Card Game for Kids - 53 Cards with Box • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Smack it! Card Game for Kids • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Mattel Games UNO Card Game • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Ideal War Card Game • Amazon Business $4.87 1 $4.87
Mattel Games Blink – The World’s Fastest Game! • Amazon Business $4.64 1 $4.64
PlayMonster Imperial Kids Card Game - Crazy Eights • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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