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Mrs. Chae from Watsonville CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

More Than Just Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

Help me give my students a classroom library that will help support their social and emotional development in the crucial early years of their education.

  • $470 goal

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My Students

"In our education system, we need to include lessons...that focus on mental and emotional hygiene, that teach how to develop a healthy mind" - the Dalai Lama

As a kindergarten teacher, I feel that one of my main responsibilties isn't just to teach ABC's and 123's, but to teach children how to be strong, confident, happy members of society.

I teach a wonderfully diverse group of students in a largely agricultural community. Many of my students have faced unbelievable hardships in their young lives. Poverty, separation due to deportation, families struggling with substance abuse and housing issues are sadly a part of many of my students' lives. I would love to be able to help these precious children learn important social emotional skills that can help support them through struggles they may face.

My Project

As a teacher, I've learned that my job doesn't just cover teaching the basics. Of course, learning to read and write are important skills, but I also need to prepare my students to be successful, happy, healthy adults, despite sometimes having a rough start.

A classroom library full of books that can open discussions and provide a springboard for lessons on empathy, kindness, identifying and managing emotions, and self confidence would be an amazing resource for my young students.

I'm looking forward to using these picture books to help reinforce some of these character traits and social skills with my kindergarten students.

Mrs. Chae
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
I'm NOT just a Scribble... • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
I'm a Girl! • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
The Invisible String • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Extraordinary Jane • Amazon Business $14.14 1 $14.14
Pass It On • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Argyle Fox • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Memory Box: A Book About Grief • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed - A Children's Kindness Book • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Life • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
The Way I Feel • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
My Very Own Space • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
The Dot • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Rulers of the Playground • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Goodbye Book • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $9.52 1 $9.52
The I'M NOT SCARED Book • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Good People Everywhere • Amazon Business $7.12 1 $7.12
When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry… (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.24 1 $6.24

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