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Ms. Cruz from Modesto CA is requesting educational kits & games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Materials for Student Learning Readiness

Help me give my students , soothing sensory readiness they need with the the astronaut tunnel, weighted vest, scooter board, wiggle car, and more.

  • $789 goal

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My Students

Hello, my name is Esthefanya Cruz, I am a highly structured autism special education teacher for grades K-3rd. There are currently 9 students in my classroom. My students are inquisitive and love to explore through structured play and hands-on sensory activities! They absolutely love activities that engage and challenge them to learn. Within my class there is also a focus on students getting their learning sensory readiness skills, in order to exceed in their academics.

If they are not learning the way we teach, we teach the way they can learn!

We serve a low income school that has many needs. As it is with many autism classrooms, there is a strong sensory diet that requires many sensory, gross motor and fine motor items to assure student success. My students come to school each day ready to try new things and take brave chances in order for their growing minds to expand. My students are the motivation that drives me!

My Project

Through the incorporation of sensory items, games, flashcards and toys my students will be able to gain the learning readiness skills to self regulate. It is important to cater to the students needs in a fun and loving way in order to meet their basic necessities. The subjects to address include English language arts, reading, counting, fine motor, gross motor and sensory. Items such as the Phonemic Awareness Folder Game Library and Pete the Cat Phonics Box book set will help the students learn some new phonics reading skills. Items like the Giant Alphabet Beads will help with letter recognition and help expand the students' fine motor skills. Items such as the Addition Family Engagement Packs will help with their addition skills, comparing numbers game and the Pete the Cat Cool Cat Math Game will expand and engage them in arithmetic knowledge.

It is as crucial to keep students engaged in what they are learning, as well as how they are learning.

Through the usage of items such as the foam beads and parachutes, I will reinforce expected behaviors to help the students reach their potential as well as develop their motor skills.

Ms. Cruz
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Champion Sports Standard Scooter Board with Handles - Set of 6, Multi-Colored • Amazon Business $77.24 1 $77.24
Abilitations Weighted 6 Pound Vest, 39 x 19 to 24 Inches, Black, Large - 1387587 • Amazon Business $74.18 1 $74.18
FF196 - Phonemic Awareness Folder Game Library - Pre K-K • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Ride on Toy, Ride on Wiggle Car by Lil' Rider - Ride on Toys for Boys and Girls, 2 Year Old And Up, Red • Amazon Business $36.99 1 $36.99
UTEX 3pc Space Astronaut Kids Play Tent, Pop Up Play Tents with Tunnels for Kids, Boys, Girls, Babies and Toddlers, Indoor/Outdoor Playhouse Stem Inspired Design W/Solar System & Planet • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
EE228 - Giant Alphabet Beads • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
NARMAY Play Parachute for Kids Rotating Rainbow with 12 Handles - 12 Feet • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
GG655 - Addition Family Engagement Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
EE478 - Comparing Numbers Flip & Solve Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
SANHO Dynamic Movement Sensory Sox - Updated Version, Small, 3-5 Years, 40" L x 27" W Green • Amazon Business $23.96 1 $23.96
Gleeporte Colorful Counting Bears with Coordinated Sorting Cups | Sorting, Math Skills | (67 Pcs Set) | 60 Bears | 6 Cups | Storage Bag, Ages 4+ • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Trounistro 10 Pieces Parachute Toy Tangle Free Throwing Toy Parachute Figures Hand Throw Soldiers Parachute Play Children's Flying Inflatable Toys • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer: Sensory Toy for Relaxation, Liquid Motion Timer Toy Floating Color Lava Lamp Timer - Incredibly Effective Calming Toy for Kids, Relaxing Liquid Bubbler Timer Kids & Adults • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Edupress Pete the Cat Cool Cat Math Game Grade K - EP63530 • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Special Supplies Fun Foam Modeling Foam Beads Play Kit, 5 Blocks Children's Educational Clay for Arts Crafts Kindergarten, Preschool Kids Toys Develop Creativity, Motor Skills • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Funcorn Toys Pull Back Car, 20 Pcs Assorted Mini Truck Toy and Race Car Toy Kit Set, Play Construction Vehicle Playset Educational Preschool for Kids Children Party Favors Birthday Game Supplies • Amazon Business $12.78 1 $12.78
CreateFun Preposition Flash Cards - 49 Educational Photo Cards - 5 Learning Games, 7 Total Prepositions - for Parents, Teachers, Speech Therapy Materials and ESL Teaching Materials • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Impresa Products Spiky Sensory Balls (Pack of 5) - Squeezy and Bouncy Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
8 Pieces Monkey Stringy Balls Sensory Fidget Stringy Balls Soft Rainbow Pom Bouncy Stress Balls with Storage Bag, Multicolor (2.75 Inch 8 Pieces) • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Dance Scarves Music Scarves for Children Movement and Juggling 12pcs • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Impresa Products 5-Pack of Stretchy String Fidget / Sensory Toys (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) - Stretches from 10 Inches to 8 Feet! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Fidget Pop Tube Toys for Kids and Adults 6 Pack, Pipe Sensory Tools for Stress and Anxiety Relief, Cool Bendable Multi-Color Stimming Toys Great as Gift, Party Favors, and Prizes for Fidgeters • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Pete the Cat Phonics Box: Includes 12 Mini-Books Featuring Short and Long Vowel Sounds (My First I Can Read) • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Fun-to-Knowxae Puzzles: What Comes Next? • Amazon Business $9.01 1 $9.01
Novelty Place 10 Pieces Dance Ribbons Streamers - 6.6Ft Unisex Kids' Gymnastics Ribbon Wands - Perfect Rhythm Sticks for Talent Shows, Artistic Dancing, Baton Twirling (10 Colors) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95

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