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Mrs. Arnold from Sweeny TX is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Make a Mess. Clean it Up.

My students need paint, aprons, paint cups and carrier, sponges, dough, Learn to Count dough mats, sand, sand rollers, Sift and Find Number Shells, and an upright vacuum for classroom use and learning.

  • $580 goal

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My Students

"If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn." - Ivar Lovaas. My students need to learn prerequisite academic and fine motor skills to be successful learners, so we are changing the way we teach.

We have grit.

We don't quit. When the work is hard, my students work harder. They are proud of the gains they make because they work so hard to achieve them. Most children enter school with the prerequisite skills needed for the classroom. My students have deficits in fine motor skills. This makes manipulating pencils and scissors a significant challenge.

My Project

My students need hands-on activities to develop fine motor and academic skills. Molding sand will help them develop the fine motor skills they need and strengthen the muscles in their hands. They will use the Sift and Find Number Shells to find and identify numbers while meeting their sensory needs. My enthusiastic kids will use the paint supplies to make the most beautiful art while learning the skills needed for handwriting. My students will use the dough to learn basic math skills with Learn to Count! dough mats. I teach these academic skills every day, but these hard working students need multiple opportunities to learn the skills with different materials so they can generalize what they have learned. And the vacuum will teach them the life skill of cleaning up the messes they make. They will learn the motor skills needed to move the vacuum while developing the visual spatial awareness needed to move it in a pattern along the floor.

Your donation to this project will provide my students with the materials to develop and generalize the essential skills they need to be successful both academically and in every day life.

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Mrs. Arnold
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 9 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AX20 - Lakeshore Dough Assortment Set 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 2 $99.98
APRON VINYL 6-8 YRS OLD - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $8.51 8 $68.08
Eureka - AS ONE Bagless Upright Vacuum - Pacific Blue • Best Buy Education $59.38 1 $59.38
AX30 - Lakeshore Dough Assortment Set 2 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
CS779 - Mold & Play Sand • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
EE784 - Sift & Find Number Shells • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
HH186 - Big Barrel of Art Sponges • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
VS318 - Clean Sand - 25-Lb. Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
HH185 - Big Track Sand Rollers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
PX80 - Superbright Liquid Tempera Paint - 10-Color Set - Pints • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.50 1 $19.50
LA822 - Paint Cup Carrier • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
LA820X - Lakeshore No-Spill Paint Cups - 10-Color Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $11.99 1 $11.99
LL688 - Learn to Count! Dough Mats • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99

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