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Ms. Trotter from Grand Rapids MI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Lighting Up Preschool: Part 2

My students need items to use on their light table in order to explore color and light.

  • $423 goal

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My Students

My classroom is the gateway into schooling for most of my students. I teach preschool as part of a program that is free to families and serves “at-risk” children. Most of these students are low-income, speak a different language at home, or have other factors that make their lives more challenging. It is my job to make learning fun and enjoyable as I connect with them and make them feel loved.

Some of my students don’t have any books in their households; the first ones they interact with are the ones provided at school.

They don’t always know how to play cooperatively with other children, hold a pencil, cut with scissors, or put on their own shoes!

Despite the challenges they face, my students come to me excited to learn, eager to make friends, and willing to work. They are incredibly friendly and jump at the chance to help out a friend or teacher. Preschool is the time to foster a love of learning and a feeling of acceptance and self-worth for my students. The growth they make during this first year is incredible and we can’t do it without help!

My Project

I am requesting a variety of materials for a light table for our classroom. Many of these items will allow the children to play with color while they build, look at different colored discs, and layer different colored buttons on top of each other. This will help students to learn their colors and begin to learn about color mixing.

Giving young children access to a light table and the activities to go with it will help create young scientists.

Science in preschool is mostly driven by student interest. My students love it when we pull out anything related to bugs and animals, so the x-rays of these would help to add even more education to our discussions. We could compare these to the x-rays of the human body.

Along with art and science, some of these materials are letters, and letter-builders. Children are drawn to light tables, and providing these materials will help them practice letter names/sounds, spelling, and even building different letters!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC590X - Light Table Manipulative Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $79.99 1 $79.99
Learning Resources Letter Construction Activity Set, 60 Pieces • Amazon Business $35.49 1 $35.49
Guidecraft Jr. Rainbow Block 20 Piece Set • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
FS491 - Human X-Rays - Set of 18 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LL548 - Translucent Imagination Builders • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LIGHT CUBE FIRST LOOK KIT • School Specialty $24.98 1 $24.98
Organizer Mini 3 Drawer Wht Sm (pack of 2) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Roylco R5910 Animal X-Ray Set, 8" x 10" Size • Amazon Business $16.60 1 $16.60
Roylco FBA_R-5912 Insect X-Rays and Picture Cards • Amazon Business $15.96 1 $15.96
Imaginarium Letters & Numbers - 72 Pieces • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Agate Light Table Slices (set of 12) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Learning Resources Color Paddles, Set of 18 • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79

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