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Ms. LaPlaca from New Orleans LA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Peace in My Heart

Help me give my students mindful activity sets and literature about peace, permission, and compassion.

  • $252 goal

This project expired on April 2, 2019.

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My Students

My school is one of the truly diverse public schools in New Orleans, a real reflection of the city and its people. Our school offers the Montessori program and, therefore we free the child's potential and aim for lasting peace and a love for learning.

My classroom is unique; it is an all kindergarten version of an early childhood Montessori classroom.

However, I am AMS Early Childhood certified and incorporate and use as much of Montessori practices and ideology as possible. We have practical life, sensorial, language/reading, math, geography, and cultural studies areas in the classroom. During work time, the students are free to choose and receive lessons in all areas.

Ms. J is my fabulous TA, and we are a community above all, respecting and taking care of one another. Their curiosities are bursting at the seams and luckily, we are encouraged as teachers to invest in our students' interests.

My Project

This project is focused on building respect and peace education for a classroom of kindergarten students. Tolerance is defined as acceptance of those whose opinions, beliefs, practices or origins differ from one's own and freedom from biology. With a diverse classroom, tolerance, peace, acceptance and respect is essential for us to function. Thankfully, Montessori education is centered around it.

"The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind," said Dr. Maria Montessori.

This project specifically funds: age-appropriate yoga/meditation calming cards and activity kit, literature about: the power of words, mindful mantas, social emotional learning, consent, empathy, compassion and peace, & peace corner items (an area that allows students to calm down and feel safe).

Help plant the seeds of peace and respect for these 26 kindergarten students.

Ms. LaPlaca
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Joyin Toy 120 Pack Giant Box Non-toxic Jumbo Washable Sidewalk Chalk Set in 10 Colors (120 Pieces) • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Hero Arts LP411 Tropical Leaves Art and Craft Product • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit with Illustrations, Rhyming Poems, Birthday Activity and 2 DIY Dice • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
C is for Consent • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
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 $11.69 1 $11.69
I Will Try (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $10.15 1 $10.15
Colorful Handmade Felt Balls Pom Pom Garland Decorations for Birthday Wedding Baby Shower Party Wall Decorations • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Drop by Drop • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Can You Say Peace? • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63

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