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Mrs. Messicci from Barron WI is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mindful Minutes in our Calm Down Corner

Help me give my students tools and strategies for a calm down corner!

  • $223 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach 21 of the best 4th graders. They are strong, resilient, and independent, but need a little extra coaching on their social-emotional skills. They aren't afraid to stand up for themselves or their friends, but sometimes don't know how to do that respectfully. We do team-building activities twice a week and they have already shown so much growth in reflecting on their behaviors and emotions. I would love to give them more tools to help them grow even more.

My students are passionate about what they love and fight for what they believe in.

Imagine how strong they will be once they start fighting for what is right for each other!

My Project

One way my students can practice mindfulness is at our calm down corner. However, I have noticed that this group of students needs tools and strategies to use when they are there. These tools will give students guidance when calming down and reflecting on what they need to change when they return to the learning activity.

When I roll this project out, students will have the chance to test out all the choices for our calm down corner.

They'll get to hold, touch, and practice using the liquid timers, monkey bands, stress balls, and scented markers to find out which tools work best for them. We'll read the books during our read aloud time and they'll be able to reread them as an option at our calm down corner. We'll use the digital precepts during our computer lab time to watch inspirational videos about social-emotional topics and reflect how they connect to our own lives.

These students deserve these resources to help them grow in their social-emotional learning!

Mrs. Messicci
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC511BU - Flex-Space Wobble Cushion - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 2 $33.98
Crayola Silly Scents Scented Markers, Washable Markers, 12Count, Gift for Kids • Amazon Business $7.60 2 $15.20
The Original Bouncy Bands® for Desks - Children Love Bouncing Their feet and Feeling The Tension to Relieve Their Anxiety, hyperactivity, Frustration, or Boredom. • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Isle of You • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer: Best Sensory Toy for Relaxation, Liquid Motion Timer Toy Floating Color Lava Lamp Timer - Incredibly Effective Calming Toy for Kids, Relaxing Liquid Bubbler Timer for Adhd • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
Being Edie Is Hard Today • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
The Friendly Swede Hand Grip Strength Trainer, Stress Ball for Adults and Kids, Hand Therapy Ball Squishy - Set of 3 Finger Resistance Exercise Squeezer • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Digital Weekly Precept Resource • $12.00 1 $12.00
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
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Take a Break Spot and Calming Strategies Llama Theme • $6.00 1 $6.00

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