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Ms. Rachel Schnelle from Joplin MO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Little Hands, Little Minds

Help me give my students these items to develop their fine motor skills and pre-academic skills. There are a variety of items, all reasonably priced.

  • $539 goal

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My Students

I am so blessed to have a classroom of students with diverse interests, needs, and wants. I am an early childhood, special education teacher. This means that I help three, four, and five-year-old children develop their knowledge of basic pre-academic concepts, motor skills, listening skills, and speaking skills. Most of the students have diagnosed disabilities in the following areas: expressive and receptive language, visual-motor, fine-motor, gross-motor, cognitive, adaptive, and social/emotional areas. I have students who seek extra sensory stimulation, students who need to develop their speaking vocabulary. I also have students who need help in developing their speaking skills. Some of my children are completely non-verbal. Others of them are constantly on the go and would benefit from items that can help them learn to move properly, as well as develop kinesthetic awareness. We read stories, do finger plays, listen and dance to music, act-out favorite stories, color, paint, and draw, build structures, and act-out everyday life through our drama center.

My Project

These items are materials my students can use to help develop their hand-eye coordination, their fine motor skills, and their pre-academic skills. The more they play and investigate, the more they learn!

Some examples of how these items can be used: the stringing beads can help a child develop hand-eye coordination necessary for writing; the droppers can be used to engage in science discovery activities involving quantities, properties of liquids, and colors; the sand-paper and letter pieces can help children master alphabet knowledge, a precursor to reading success; and the bear sorting can help with developing color knowledge, sorting skills, and practicing completing patterns-necessary for math success.

Ms. Rachel Schnelle
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Learning Resources Farmer's Market Color Sorting Set • Amazon Business $28.49 1 $28.49
Learning Resources Wooden Pattern Blocks, Set of 250 • Amazon Business $27.65 1 $27.65
Learning Resources Primary Science Jumbo Magnifiers with Stand, Set of 6 Magnifiers, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $26.77 1 $26.77
Learning Resources Super Sorting Pie, Fine Motor Toy, Early Number, Patterns, 68 Pieces, Grades Pre-K/Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit - With Voucher to Redeem Caterpillars Later • Amazon Business $23.89 1 $23.89
Learning Resources Magnetic Letter Construction Set • Amazon Business $22.46 1 $22.46
Didax Educational Resources Sandpapers Letters Boxed Set • Amazon Business $22.26 1 $22.26
Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun Activity Set, Fine Motor Toy, 65 Pieces • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Montessori Rainbow Rings Dominos Number 1-10, Children Preschool Teaching Aids Board Wooden Math Toy • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
The Original CARPET MARKERS for Teachers (30 Pack of Circles) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Counting/Sorting Bears Toy Set with Matching Sorting Cups in Storage case – Best Fun Educational Toy for Kids Ages 3 and up - for Learning, STEM Education, Mathematics, Counting & Sorting Toys • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Creative Hobbies Synthetic Chalkboard With Unfinished Wood Frame, 4 x 6 Inch -Pack of 6 Chalkboards • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Learning Resources Mini Motor Math Activity Set - Includes Counting, Pattern, Addition and Subtraction Activities, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Learning Resources Smart Counting Cookies, 13 Pieces • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Giant Magnetic Letter Construction, Letter Recognition, Fine Motor Toy, 21 Pieces, Ages 4+ • Amazon Business $13.31 1 $13.31
Carson-Dellosa Circle Time Activities Resource Book, Pre-K (Early Years) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Skoolzy Preschool Large Lacing Beads for Kids - 30 Stringing Beads with 2 Strings Toddler Crafts with Travel Tote - Montessori Toys for Toddlers Occupational Therapy Fine Motor Skills Toys Autism OT • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Learning Resources Magnetic Wands, Science Experiment Aid, Set of 6 Wands, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $11.46 1 $11.46
Learning Resources Primary Bucket Balance, Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Pick A Toy Sensory Spiky Rollers Set: 4-Pack Egg-Shaped Stress Relief Toys in Gift Box| Eco- Friendly BPA/Latex-Free Fidget Toy to Boost Focus in Kids & Adults| Great Gifting Idea Tactile Toy • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
KeNeer 7Pack Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys - Relieve Stress, and Increase Patience - Build Resistance Squeeze, Pull - Good for Kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Learning Resources Handy Scoopers, Fine Motor Toy, Assorted Colors, Set of 4, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
New Liquid DROPPER - 5 x FDA Approved Silicone and Plastic DROPPERS - 5 ML Pipettes Essential for Candy Molds Gelatin Maker & Gummy Bear Mold - Oils Science and Crafts • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
The World of Eric Carle Let's Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Kenson Kids Star Token Board • Amazon Business $6.78 1 $6.78
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Board Books) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Scissors Skills, Grades PK - 1: Gold Star Edition (Home Workbooks) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49

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