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Ms. Boyle from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Listen and Learn

My students need a listening center, portable CD player, and 3 classic vocabulary-rich sets of listen along texts.

  • $525 goal

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I teach second grade special education in an inclusion classroom. My classroom, which is a representation of special education IEP students, English Language Learners, and general education students, services a wide range of children with varying academic needs. The school I have worked at for the past 4 years is an early education school (grades PK-2) that houses the 3rd largest special education program in the New York City. We are located in South Central Bronx, and service one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods around. Many families here are unable to provide financially to support children’s educations.

Many of my students are still struggling with basic reading skills. Especially my IEP and English Language Learner students, since they are working with a handicap, but remain accountable to the same standards as their English dominant, general education peers. In order to scaffold for these students, our classroom environment strives to be print-rich, with multiple resources for children to experience language. The problem remains: many of the books in our classroom library are disconnected from children’s lives and interests, and above their ability level.

As a solution, I would like to set up a listening center in my classroom! Many of my students who are currently non-readers will be able to use this center as an access point to hearing language and rich vocabulary, as well as matching pictures to text. Students who are readers, but are struggling with synthesizing text with meaning will be able to use the listening center to comprehend the story line, without becoming frustrated with decoding. And readers who are excelling will be able to use the center as a tool in reading with fluency and intonation. A listening center is one of the most versatile literacy tools available to my many different learners. And perhaps most importantly, a listening center is an engaging and fun way to get kids excited about books!

The disparity between high poverty classrooms and their suburban counterparts is transparent, and serves as a nagging reminder that the achievement gap has a whole lot more to do with dollar signs than we admit. Having the opportunity to receive a wonderful education is a right for all kids. Please, please, please do your part help provide resources to my amazing children who need them!

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

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
RE679 - The Carrot Seed CD Read-Along • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
JJ665 - Portable CD Player • Lakeshore Learning $79.95 1 $79.95
RE733 - Caps for Sale CD Read-Along Kit • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
RE677 - The Snowy Day CD Read-Along Kit • Lakeshore Learning $39.50 1 $39.50
GG820 - Read-Along Listening Center • Lakeshore Learning $179.00 1 $179.00

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