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Ms. O’Connell’s Class from Milwaukee WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Montessori Hands-on and STEM Exploration

Help me give my students the hands-on learning materials they need to develop hand coordination and support academic development.

  • $567 goal

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My Students

I have the pleasure of teaching 30+ joyful and curious learners from ages 3-6 at one of the 7 public, Montessori Schools in Milwaukee. The academic needs of the children are diverse and require a variety of resources.

The vast difference in development between the ages of 3 and 6 requires a wide variety of materials.

Montessori education supports learning through the development of the hand and manipulation of concrete materials. Materials are used often and lost or damaged by young inexperienced hands. It is challenging and expensive to replace these items continuously. The children love to use new materials and have new experiences. These materials will help engage and support my students as they progress towards becoming ever more confident and capable.

My Project

The materials I am requesting will help engage my youngest students in exploring and manipulating materials that require exercising the precision and strength of their hands. This is the first step towards giving them the strength to write! Last year many of my older students were drawn to building. I only had a small set of blocks and a marble maze, but they loved to use their imagination and problem solving skills to create structures. Additional items on this list will give them greater opportunities to explore and engineer new creations. Lastly, I included phonemic hands-on materials to further assist my older students’ knowledge of letter/sound correspondence.

Ms. O’Connell’s Class
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magna-Tiles(r) 100-Piece Clear Colors Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $114.26 1 $114.26
LL435X - Magnetic Sound Sorting Boards - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $85.00 1 $85.00
Deluxe Log Building Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $47.66 1 $47.66
EE226 - Pre-Writing Magnetic Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Gears & Gizmos • Kaplan Early Learning Company $35.99 1 $35.99
Creative Blocks (Set of 46) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $31.46 1 $31.46
Tweezers Value Kit • Montessori N' Such $31.00 1 $31.00
Makit Woodbuilders • Kaplan Early Learning Company $23.36 1 $23.36
Wooden Nuts and Bolts • Kaplan Early Learning Company $18.86 1 $18.86
Ice Ball Tonging Kit • Montessori N' Such $16.95 1 $16.95

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