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Mrs. Hill from Germantown MD is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Our Class Needs a Calm-Down Corner

Help me give my students tools to help them regulate emotions and become more productive learners. Items in my project will be used to create a Class Calm-Down Corner.

  • $327 goal

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My Students

My students are curious, caring, and persistent! They have great ideas and work to the best of their ability each day. Our classroom benefits from each of their unique personalities and I feel lucky to guide them and help them grow as students and people.

Sadly, some of my students believe they are not capable of succeeding in school.

It is my job to help them retrain their brains to foster positive self-talk and affirmations of success. Together, we employ mindfulness strategies like yoga and breathing and we have implemented a class agreement that puts safety and peace first. Having a Class Calm-Down Corner would help my students reset when they experience a setback or feel upset.

Calm is our strength and it brings us one step closer to academic success!

My Project

Feelings matter, especially for second graders, many of whom have big emotions. When students feel anxious, upset, or frustrated, it is nearly impossible for them to learn. Their brains simply cannot process anything more than the stressful feelings they are experiencing.

I want my classroom to be a safe haven and a place to gain healthy habits.

I want my classroom to be a place for my students to feel nurtured, translating into a more productive place to learn. We'll use reflection sheets included in the CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents to identify feelings and determine how best to get back to learning. We'll find effective ways to focus and calm emotions with the sensory toys, fidgets, and pinwheels. A few minutes of calming music on the CD player may be just enough to calm upset feelings. Noise canceling headphones will minimize distractions. Word searches (School Zone Effects Pack/First Word Search) and liquid timers will provide a meditative moment for students to focus and recommit to learning. Finally, we'll keep all materials organized with zip bags and hanging pocket organizers.

I want to give students healthy ways to calm down the emotional and stress centers of their brains. The Class Calm-Down Corner will promote a state of well-being, allowing each child to thrive and continue learning. With your help and these wonderful materials, I can empower my students to become productive feelers, thinkers, and learners!

Mrs. Hill
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LONPOO CD Player Protable CD Boombox with FM Radio/USB/Bluetooth/AUX Input and Earphone Jack Output with Stereo Sound Speaker Audio Player (All Black) • Amazon Business $41.80 1 $41.80
Q Two 10 Pcs Waterproof Multi-Purpose Zipper Bags, School, Office, File Pocket, Storage, Organizer, Document Holders, Pouches (A4 Size, Assorted Colors) • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
MISSLO Durable Hanging Closet Double Sided Bra Stocking Clothes Socks Organizer 15 Large Mesh Pockets, White • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 200 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct Disorders • Amazon Business $27.10 1 $27.10
YUE ACTION Liquid Timer 2 Pack / Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer for Calming Sensory Toys, Autism Toys ,Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Toys,Novelty Gifts, Assorted Colors (Green+Red Set) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Mpow 068 Kids Ear Protection, NRR 25dB Noise Reduction Ear Muffs, Toddler Ear Protection, Protective Earmuffs for Shooting Range Hunting Season for Toddlers Kids Children Teens • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
26 Pack Sensory Toys Set, Relieves Stress and Anxiety Fidget Toy for Children Adults, Special Toys Assortment for Birthday Party Favors, Classroom Rewards Prizes, Carnival, Piñata Goodie Bag Fillers • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
ArtCreativity 8-Point Pinwheels Set (Pack of 24) | Assorted Colors | Fun Carnival Toy and Party Favor | Amazing Gift Idea for Boys and Girls Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Enthur Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys Build Resistance Squeeze Pull - Good for kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms 12 Pack (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer / Floating Marine Life Sea Creatures, Diamond Shaped Liquid Timer For Fidget Toy,Autism Toys , Children Activity, Calm Relaxing ,Penguin Desk Toys and Home Ornament  • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
First Word Search: Fun First Words • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
School Zone Sabian 15005EXN HHX Effects Pack • Amazon Business $3.63 1 $3.63

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