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Mrs. Powell from Olmstead KY is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Play to Learn

My students need basic, fun and versatile materials, such as magnetic letters and rubber stamps, that allow for hands-on learning in the classroom.

  • $553 goal

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My Students

The 24 first graders in my room are playful, collaborative and eager to learn. They are also five to eight years old and love to PLAY and discover. As most kids do, they learn by DOING.

"Children learn as they play and most importantly in play children learn how to learn." -Fred Donaldson

The children in my classroom are no exception to the children in this quote. Our classroom is already a classroom of hands-on learning and often play disguised as learning. My goal is for my classroom to be a fun learning environment for my students. I hope for my classroom to be one they look forward to learning new things each and every day and develop a hunger for learning.

My Project

The materials I am requesting for my classroom are to help my students learn through fun and engaging hands-on activities. These materials are versatile and will be used for different subjects in my classroom and at different times. For example, the play dough, wiki sticks and pipe cleaners and beads will be used to practice sight words and in math tubs. The magnetic letters and the stamps will also be used to practice sight words. I have included printer ink and card stock to make some hands on centers and sorting activities for both reading and math.

Last year I completed my master's degree in Early Literacy and also participated in a multisensory training on teaching reading.

This year I was given the opportunity to learn more about different math strategies to incorporate in my classroom.

What did all of these experiences have in common? They want the kids to be actively engaged in learning! The materials I have chosen will help create exciting centers, group-work and individual practice for my students.

My goal this year is to make learning fun. I truly believe that if students are not interested in what they are learning then they will not grow to have a love for learning and therefore will not learn to the best of their ability. Thank you so much for you consideration to help. I can't wait to see what my first graders discover this year in their learning!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP 61 Black Ink Cartridge (CH561WN), HP 61 Tri-Color Ink Cartridge (CH562WN), 2 Ink Cartridges (CR259FN) • Amazon Business $42.89 2 $85.78
Classroom Magnetic Letters kit with Double-Side Magnet Board - Foam Alphabet Letters for Kids Spelling and Learning by Joynote(208pcs in Box) • Amazon Business $24.99 3 $74.97
Educational Insights Alphabet Rubber Stamps - Lowercase 5/8" • Amazon Business $11.99 6 $71.94
Play-Doh Soft Pack Bundle of 6 Different Colors with Shape Cutters • Amazon Business $37.91 1 $37.91
Ten Frame Towers Board Games • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Westcott School Scissor Caddy with 24 Pointed 5" Kids Scissors with Anti-Microbial Protection • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Neenah Paper Astrobrights Cardstock, 8.5" x 11", 65 lb/176 gsm,"Vintage" 5-Color Assortment, 250 Sheets, Multi-Colored (21003) • Amazon Business $12.64 2 $25.28
WikkiStix Big Count Box Molding & Sculpting Sticks • Amazon Business $24.16 1 $24.16
The Pencil Grip Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint, Super Quick Drying, 12 Pack (TPG-602) • Amazon Business $7.20 2 $14.40
Melissa & Doug Rainbow Stamp Pad - 6 Washable Inks • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Quefe 1000pcs 4 Color Acrylic Alphabet Letter Beads with 1 Roll Elastic Crystal String Cord for Jewelry Making Kids DIY Necklace Bracelet(6mm) (1000pcs) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
500Pcs Pipe Cleaners Craft Set,Including 100 Pcs Chenille Stems 200 Pcs Pom Poms Craft 200 Pcs Wiggle Googly Eyes Self Adhesive,Assorted Colors and Assorted Sizes for DIY Art Craft • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
HEHALI 300pcs 1 inch Pom Poms Craft Assorted Colors for Hobby Supplies and Creative Craft DIY Material • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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