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Ms. Elder from Jackson MS is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Play is Our Work

My students need hands-on activities such as sandpaper letters, phonetic reading blocks, animal picture matching materials, cylinder cards and pattern blocks.

  • $533 goal

This project expired on January 8, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are three to six year old children in Jackson, Mississippi. They are a diverse group coming from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our school is the only public Montessori school in our state.

My students direct their own learning throughout the day using beautiful Montessori materials.

Each child stays with me for three years. Because of this, our classroom is like a family of children who grow together. When they come into my classroom as three year olds, they begin learning to be purposeful members of our community, eventually becoming the elder members of the learning environment, guiding the younger children by modeling. On a daily basis, I witness the delight in their faces as connections and discoveries are made using Montessori materials.

My Project

Montessori materials are designed to ignite a curiosity in the child. These materials are meant to be used by the children during sensitive periods for math, language, movement, and sensorial development. The teacher observes the child and presents materials at the time the child shows interest; therefore, the child leads his/ her development in a natural way.

These materials allow the children to actively engage in meeting cognitive learning objectives while also organizing their thinking through sensory motor activities.

For example, the sandpaper letter materials not only help the child learn letters and sounds, but also stimulate the sensorial and muscle memory. Phonetic reading blocks are used to build word families. The animal picture matching materials build vocabulary as well as a system for organizing similar items in categories. The cylinder cards and pattern blocks form a basis for mathematics and logical thinking. Small numerical rods use gradation to introduce quantity and addition.

The materials in the Montessori environment are prepared in such a way to allow the child to develop a sense of order, coordination, concentration, and independence. The child has the freedom to return to these works as often as he/ she would like.

Ms. Elder
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 24 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Montessori Lower Case Sandpaper Letters w/ Box • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Montessori Sandpaper Globe - Land & Water • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
Montessori Phonetic Letter Blocks for Reading and Early Learning (5-Piece Set) English Educational Toys for Boys & Girls | Beginning Reader Language Phonics | Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $35.97 1 $35.97
Wooden cubes FIND A PATTERN blocks - kids educational toys improve memory attention logical creative thinking imagination learning toys for kids by Nikitin • Amazon Business $35.55 1 $35.55
Montessori Animal Match - Miniature Farm Animal Toy Figurines with Matching Cards - 2 Part Cards. Montessori learning toy, language materials Busy Bag Activity • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Montessori Safari Animal Match - Miniature Figurines with 2 Part Matching Cards • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Montessori Pet Animal Match - Miniature Pet Animal Toy Figurines with Matching Cards - 2 Part Cards. Montessori learning toy, language materials Busy Bag Activity • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Montessori Animal Match - Miniature North American Wildlife Animal Toy Figurines with Matching Cards - 2 Part Cards. Montessori learning toy, language materials Busy Bag Activity • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Montessori Small Number Numerical Rods with Number Tiles • Amazon Business $33.98 1 $33.98
The Original Montessori Phonetic Reading Blocks - Educational Materials for the Beginning Reader Toddler 3 4 5 6 Year Old - Eco Friendly Wooden CVC Manipulative Toy for Kindergarten Language Learning • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Fly whale Montessori 4 Color Cylinders with Cards Montessori Materials Wooden Cylinders Ladder Blocks Montessori Toys for Toddlers Family Version (Color Cylinder with Cards) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Trend Enterprises Rhyming Fun-to-Know Puzzle • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10

Materials cost

$389.52

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$27.27

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.84

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$452.63

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$79.88

Total project goal

$532.51

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$532.51

4 Donors

-$532.51

Donations toward project cost

-$452.63

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$79.88

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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