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Ms. McAleavey-Herrera from Santa Cruz CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy Games for Kindergarteners

My students need opportunities for differentiated instruction throughout the school year. These game folders will allow students of all skill levels to engage in a fun, hands-on literacy activity during our daily centers.

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My Students

Kindergarteners are full of wonder, excitement, and energy! Which makes my job like that of a circus ringmaster. The school population consists of 83% of students who are eligible for free lunch. Nearly 2/3 of our students are also characterized as English learners. Which makes it that much more challenging to teach them all to read by the end of the school year.

The "friends" in my class are all motivated to learn; however, many of them do not have access to learning resources at home.

Despite the fact that we're located in Santa Cruz, an idyllic oceanfront location, our community is an urban pocket where many families are doubled up in their housing situation, parents work multiple jobs, and the cost of living is skyrocketing. Yet, my "friends" are resilient and have big dreams for their future. I receive just $200 for my classroom budget for the year and as a new teacher, I'm still developing my "toolkit" of materials and resources to help my "friends" learn to the best of their abilities.

My Project

The three literacy game folders will be used to differentiate instruction for my students throughout the school year. The "Alphabet" folder will be used in the Fall trimester, the "Phonemic Awareness" folder will be used in the Winter trimester, and the "Word Work" folder will be used in the Spring trimester.

Games are a way for students to have fun while learning; at the same time they also remove some of the intimidation my students feel about learning to read.

These game folders are unique because within each box, there are different games tailored to different levels of literacy knowledge. This is important to me as a teacher, because it allows me to provide fun, hands-on games to not just my high-performing students, but also my second language learners who are having a more difficult time learning foundational literacy skills.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FF196 - Phonemic Awareness Folder Game Library - Pre K-K • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
FF197 - Alphabet Folder Game Library - Pre K-K • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
FF199 - Word Work Folder Game Library - Pre K-K • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99

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