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Mrs. Thomas from Mc Leansville NC is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mini-Society Entrpreneurial Education

The cost of materials for a student program is $662, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $695 goal

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Mini-Society is a trademarked Entrepreneurial Education program designed for children 8- 12 years of age. During this program, students learn how to open and operate businesses authentically by creating their own stores within a self- created society. This is an experiential learning endeavor that takes more than 20 class hours to complete. The teacher acts as a facilitator only, while students are forced to design their own goods, services, laws, and resolutions. The class makes all decisions and ultimately creates a governing and economic system. Understanding resource allocation and scarcity principles are vital for economic success. Children create all of the business ideas, including marketing strategies and cost benefit analyses. They do market surveys, bookkeeping, and much more. Teachers must be specifically certified to teach Mini-Society. As a teacher of sixth grade math and science, I am excited to be able to offer this program to my students. I have successfully implemented this program with over 500 youth. As with most excellent programs, it requires material costs that add up quickly. Most needs are inspirational art supplies; those that inspire a good or service, but are not "ready made". Here's what has to say about this program: "Mini-Society is based on the belief that experience is the best teacher. The Mini-Society is an ongoing process of directly experiencing mature entrepreneurship, economic, social, ethical, and political problems, exploring various resolutions and their implications, and instituting solutions and experiencing the consequences of one's decisions. Because the Mini-Society is not just a simulation but a real world to the students, it becomes a highly motivating instructional system, encouraging independent, creative, self-directed inquiry learning by the students, with guidance from the teacher. Mini-Society students also exhibit measurable increases in positive attitudes toward school and learning."

Mrs. Thomas
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FACE PAINT LG GROUP KIT/48 • Nasco $103.91 1 $103.91
MR. SKETCH, SCENTED MARKER CLASS PACK, 192 EA, 12 COLORS -- Sanford Mr. Sketch Scented Water Color Markers; Jumbo School Pack • Quill Corporation $90.71 1 $90.71
POSTER BOARD 6PLY 100 ASST • Nasco $47.09 1 $47.09
MODEL MAGIC , 75 CT., ASSORTED -- Binney & Smith Crayola Model Magic Clay; 75 1-oz. Packs, Assorted Colors • Quill Corporation $35.99 1 $35.99
JUMBO STAMP PADS ALL COLORS • Kaplan Early Learning Company $27.95 1 $27.95
CRAYOLA WASHABLE PAINT,GALLON -- Crayola 128-oz. Washable Paints; Black • Quill Corporation $17.99 1 $17.99
CRAYOLA WASHABLE PAINT,GALLON -- Crayola 128-oz. Washable Paints; Yellow • Quill Corporation $17.99 1 $17.99
CRAYOLA WASHABLE PAINT,GALLON -- Crayola 128-oz. Washable Paints; Green • Quill Corporation $17.99 1 $17.99
CRAYOLA WASHABLE PAINT,GALLON -- Crayola 128-oz. Washable Paints; White • Quill Corporation $17.99 1 $17.99
CRAYOLA WASHABLE PAINT,GALLON -- Crayola 128-oz. Washable Paints; Blue • Quill Corporation $17.99 1 $17.99
CRAYOLA WASHABLE PAINT,GALLON -- Crayola 128-oz. Washable Paints; Red • Quill Corporation $17.99 1 $17.99
COLOSSAL BRUSHES/30 ASST • Nasco $16.78 1 $16.78
KLEENCUT KIDS STAINLESS 5 POINTED SCISSORS PACK -- Acme United Kleencut Kid's Scissors; 5" Pointed Tip, 12/Pack • Quill Corporation $10.79 1 $10.79
CASH BOX,W/LOCKING LATCH -- MMF Industries Steel-Constructed Cash Boxes; Locking Latch • Quill Corporation $9.89 2 $19.78

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