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Ms. Chastain from Waynesboro MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy For The Little Ones

My students need children's books to learn the basic concepts of reading.

  • $365 goal

This project expired on December 28, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are." There are things in this world we will never get to experience and for those experiences there are books. My students need the basic skills of reading to have the opportunity to go places that they could not go otherwise.

In Mississippi, there are a few schools that are collaborating with Friends of Children (Headstart) to introduce a four year old class into the elementary schools.

My children are still a part of Headstart, but are coming to school with the 'big kids'. They are doing this to try to promote readiness for kindergarten in schools. These children come from a lower socioeconomic background and many times have not been introduced to reading until they started school. They come to school excited and ready to participate everyday. They soak up information like sponges and are always ready to learn something new. They love to dance, play, sing, and draw, but what surprised me is they love to pick up a book. They picture read to each other and they love to listen to a story. Their comprehension skills are developing and I am so excited about it. They are capable of telling about a story that we read a week ago and give details. They surprise me everyday.

My Project

The books requested with this project will help my students get more familiar with reading. Even if they can not yet read, they can find and identify letters, they can picture read, they can learn the parts of a book, and they can learn how to hold books. Many children do not get much experience with books before school and I want to be able to give them the basic skills so that they are ready to jump into reading when they get into kindergarten.

We need to take responsibility for the learning of our children and I really believe that reading is a solid foundation for their education.

Please help us prepare our children for their futures so that they have the foundation to be successful.

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

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Gingerbread Cowboy • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
The Three Little Gators Helen Ketteman, Will Terry (Illustra • AKJ Books $12.91 1 $12.91
Armadilly Chili • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Wolf! Wolf! • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Lola at the Library • AKJ Books $11.64 1 $11.64
Jessica''s X-Ray • AKJ Books $8.06 1 $8.06
Under the Sea • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Under the Sea • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Reptiles and Amphibians • AKJ Books $7.26 1 $7.26
That''s Not My Bunny • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
You Are Healthy • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Voices in the Park Anthony Browne • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
That''s Not My Bunny • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Voices in the Park Anthony Browne • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
That''s Not My Monkey • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
That''s Not My Puppy • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
From Head to Toe Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
My Family''s Changing: A First Look at Family Break Up Pat Th • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Vegetables We Eat Gail Gibons • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Frog Prince • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Tails Are Not for Pulling • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Safe, Warm, and Snug • AKJ Books $5.11 1 $5.11
The Ugly Duckling • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
A Color of His Own • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Are You a Snail? • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Watch Out! Around Town • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Are You an Ant? • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Are You a Bee? • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Are You a Spider? • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Oh, A Hunting We Will Go • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Princess and the Pea, The • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Are You a Ladybug? • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Icky Stick Frog • AKJ Books $4.46 1 $4.46
Best Bug Parade, The • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Watch Out! Near Water • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Wild Animals • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
This Is My Home • AKJ Books $4.34 1 $4.34
Don''t You Feel Well, Sam? Anita Jeram, Anita Jeram (Illustra • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Incredible Sharks Seymour Simon, Chronicle Books • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Tale of Two Frogs Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss, Tom Wrenn (I • AKJ Books $2.88 1 $2.88
Maps • AKJ Books $2.55 1 $2.55

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