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Mrs. P. from Hoffman Estates IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mrs. P's Social Emotional Learning Library

My students need access to kids' books that address social skills, big emotions, differences among us, and mindfulness in order to help instill a love of reading while teaching important social emotional skills.

  • $425 goal

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My Students

Every morning I go to work at an amazing K-6 elementary school in the suburbs of Chicago. As the school Social Worker, I provide emotional and tangible support to any student who needs it. However, my main job (and the one that brings me the most joy) is working closely with students who have various disabilities, including autism, developmental delays, and other health impairments. These students are so much fun to work with, but they have to work a bit harder than their peers at learning important skills like appropriate social skills, self-regulation, and emotional management.

I also have opportunities with work with students who have significant histories of trauma (such as physical abuse, loss of parents, etc), which can often times impact their ability to be present to learn at school.

With these children it essential for me to teach them how to recognize negative emotions, use specific coping skills when needed, and then return to the task at hand.

My Project

Have you ever helped a K-2nd grade student who is learning to read get through a book? With the right level of book, kids this age are beaming with pride after they finish reading a story. Have you ever helped a kid cope with a strong emotion? Or get through a difficult situation with a friend? Or teach different ways to take deep breaths to calm down?

With this project, I am supporting my students' literacy skills, while teaching important social-emotional lessons.

These books will make a difference in their learning through fostering conversations surrounding their social skills, their emotions, their self-regulation, and their self-esteem.

These books have been carefully selected to supplement the social-emotional curriculum I currently use in the elementary school setting. For instance, the title, "Sometimes I'm Bombaloo" looks at a little girl who loses control (becomes "bombaloo") after her little brother knocks over a tower she spent forever building. I would be "bombaloo," too. And that's okay... but how can we take a break and deal with bombaloo a little better the next time it happens?

Please consider contributing to my students' learning through supporting this project!

Mrs. P.
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HOMFA Kids Book Rack Storage Sling Bookshelf Toy Display for Children, Espresso / White • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
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
You Hold Me Up • Amazon Business $15.11 1 $15.11
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
Bad Astrid • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda • Amazon Business $14.04 1 $14.04
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
One • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
What Does It Mean to Be Present? • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
It's Okay to Make Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $10.65 1 $10.65
What's That Look On Your Face?: All About Faces and Feelings • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
The Way I Feel • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
I Am Yoga • Amazon Business $9.46 1 $9.46
This is Gabriel: Making Sense of School - 2nd Edition: A Book about Sensory Processing Disorder • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $8.83 1 $8.83
On Monday When It Rained • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Glad Monster, Sad Monster • Amazon Business $7.87 1 $7.87
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
King of the Playground • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
Why Should I Listen? (Why Should I? Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.32 1 $6.32
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04
I'm Like You, You're Like Me: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other • Amazon Business $5.79 1 $5.79
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? • Amazon Business $4.71 1 $4.71
The Feelings Book • Amazon Business $4.67 1 $4.67
Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89

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