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Mrs. Baker from Indianapolis IN is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Let's Reset Students' Brains for Learning!

Help me give my students wobble seats, stress balls, and sensory learning materials!

  • $577 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have the privilege of teaching a diverse group of students ages 5-7 in a kindergarten classroom. Some students start kindergarten already knowing how to read and write while others are just beginning to learn the alphabet and how to write their names.

I enjoy getting to know each one of my students personally in order to best meet their needs by creating high interest hands on activities and lessons that appeal to a variety of learning styles.

It is such a joy for me to watch my students learn and grow throughout the school year and to reflect on all of the progress they have made!

My Project

It is my goal to set up an Amygdala First Aid Station and create a safe and positive learning climate for all of my students in the classroom. For many students, kindergarten is their first experience in a school or structured group setting. I strive to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of my students.

Unfortunately, many students have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences at a very young age, and they struggle to cope with or control their emotions or adapt in a school setting.

The brain's amygdala is responsible for survival instincts and controlling one's emotions. The brain cannot learn when it is in a stressed state. Studies have proven that if a brain is distracted in a positive way, then a child will be much more likely to calm down quickly after being frustrated or upset. Then, the child's brain will be reset and refocused to continue learning.

Therefore, I would like to create a space in my classroom to help students refocus and reset their amygdalas for learning. When my project is funded, students will have access to materials such as scented markers, coloring pencils, notepads, flexible seating options (a bean bag chair, wobble set, or balance ball), Where's Waldo books, stress balls, padded headphones, water beads, and sensory dough to help them calm down in a safe and positive way. The donations to this project will help my students learn to control and regulate their emotions in a safe and positive way and quickly return to learning!

Please help me set up an Amygdala First Aid Station for my classroom!

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

This project will reach 25 students.

12 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DS430X - Mad Mattr® Sensory Dough - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $76.99 1 $76.99
CR122BU - Wobble Chair - Blue - 12" • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
DD420SB - Calming Colors™ Little Beanbag Seat - Sky Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
SKETCH BOOK SCHOOL SMART SIDE WIRE 8 1/2X11 50 SHEETS • School Specialty $3.12 10 $31.20
SE998 - Magic Water Marbles - Multicolor • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
Noise Reduction Headphones • AKJ Education $25.99 1 $25.99
FUN FIDGET! SET OF 5 • School Specialty $24.63 1 $24.63
GAME FIND IT GAMES ? WHERE?S WALDO • School Specialty $23.64 1 $23.64
GA934 - Smelly Markers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $10.99 2 $21.98
VR154 - Squish & Squeeze Sensory Beads • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
LC528BU - Flex-Space Balance Ball Seat - 17" - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey Deluxe Edition • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
PP268BU - Classroom Supply Caddy - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 2 $13.98
GAME RUBIK'S CUBE AGES 8+ • School Specialty $11.64 1 $11.64
LA797 - Best-Buy Colored Pencils - Set of 12 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.99 3 $8.97

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