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Ms. Strickland from Faison NC is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Listening to Our Imagination

The cost of english and spanish books on tape and easy listening to books from Kaplan Early Learning Company and a califone listening center from Highsmith Inc is $472, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I teach first grade at Hargrove Elementary in a very rural area of North Carolina. Approximately 70% of our population receives free or reduced lunch. Receiving parental support is a task in itself to say the least. In fact, I would say that is my biggest challenge as a teacher at this school. We have a very high population of Hispanics with many of them speaking little or no English. For example, currently, I have one student who speaks absolutely no English and two with very limited English skills. I am one person and I struggle constantly with feelings that I am not doing my best when I think deep down that I know I am. Getting my non-English speaking students involved is something at which I constantly work. Let's face it, I probably wouldn't listen either if I couldn't understand a word that was being said. Research has proven that hearing another language is one of the most effective ways of eventually communicating it. Currently I have no listening center. I truely feel that if I could get some of the books that have both the English and Spanish versions on tape, I could eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel. I would like to have the students first listen to the book or selection in their own language, then listen to it in English. I think hearing another language while looking at the words is key, especially when having heard the selection in your native language as well. This project would require a CD/cassette listening center. Approximately four students would be participating at the time. Of course, it would also require several age appropriate books for grade 1 in both Spanish and English versions. I think reading is about letting your imagination run wild and I feel like my non-English speaking students aren't getting this wonderful opportunity because of a language barrier. I feel that this is the least I can do to meet them half way.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Califone 6-position Powered • Highsmith Inc. $171.60 1 $171.60
EASY LISTENING TO BOOKS • Kaplan Early Learning Company $96.95 1 $96.95
ENGLISH & SPANISH BOOKS ON TAPE • Kaplan Early Learning Company $38.95 1 $38.95

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