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Mrs. Patti Casella from Hammond IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Preschool Special Education Take Home Supplies for Distance Learning

Help me give my students manipulatives, such as dry erase boards, blocks, and counters, to use during distance learning for hands-on experiences.

  • $987 goal

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My Students

Preschool special education poses a very difficult situation for distance learning. My students need manipulatives to practice the skills we do at school. My students needs hands-on materials to learn concepts and interact with their tacher online. The students need repetition with a variety of materials to make their learning fun and rewarding for them.

Each child has unique needs at his own level.

The materials that may be appropriate for some children will not be the ones for others to be successful with. Individual packets with individual activities will be imperative for the distance learning to be appropriate for the students.

These unique needs necessitate unique experiences for each child. When we try to interact now, the students do not have the materials for me to work with them on their specific goals. It is hard to teach over the Internet if they do not have materials to work with in front of them.

My Project

My preschool special education students needs hands-on manipulatives to succeed during distance learning. Most of my students cannot work a computer mouse and are not interested in Apps. They want to play to learn just like they do at school.

Packing manipulatives for at home use will enable the parents to have the materials to ensure the students learn at home and are able to interact with their teacher online.

These activities will center around language development and math concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes and sizes.

Interaction with the teacher via her website, both for the parents and the students through the Internet, will be enhanced if the families have the tools they need to participate.

Mrs. Patti Casella
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scribbledo Colored Frame Magnetic Dry Erase White Boards Pack of 10 l 9" X 12" Whiteboard $29.99 3 $89.97
RA417 Lakeshore Word Building Blocks $39.99 2 $79.98
LC676 Magnetic Numbers Counters $29.99 2 $59.98
VELCRO Brand Thin Clear Dots with Adhesive | 75Pk | 5/8" Circles | For Crafting School Projects, Home and Office Organization | Low Profile Design $6.92 8 $55.36
Bantoye 10 Pcs A4 Zipper File Bags, Zippered Waterproof PVC Pouch Plastic Zip Document Filing Folder 5 Colors $13.48 3 $40.44
RR793 Magnetic Tub O Letters $39.99 1 $39.99
GA920 TenFrames Class Set $39.99 1 $39.99
Simpli-Magic 79163 Canvas Tote Bags, 11" x 13", Pack of 15, Natural $19.99 2 $39.98
Learning Resources Domestic Pets Counters, Educational Counting and Sorting Toy, Set of 72 $19.99 2 $39.98
Dry Erase Pockets Sheet Protectors - Reusable + Oversized - Size 10 X 13 Inches - 30 Plastic Sleeves - Mixed Colors - Ideal to use at School or at Work $19.97 2 $39.94
hand2mind Reading Rods, Word Builders, Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Linking Cubes for Early Reading & Word Work (Set of 82) (60001C) $17.93 2 $35.86
Darice Foamies Extra Thick Foam Sheet Black 6mm Thick 9 x 12 inches (10-Pack) 1199-21 $14.78 2 $29.56
Learning Resources Gator Grabber Tweezers, Fine Motor Toy, Various Colors, Set of 12, Ages 2+ $13.13 2 $26.26
Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun Activity Set, Fine Motor Toy, 65 Pieces, Ages 3+ $23.99 1 $23.99
Dowling Magnets Magnetic Counters, Multicolored Educational Magnets for Kids, Set of 120 $11.39 2 $22.78
Flexible Magnetic Strip - 1/2 Inch x 10 Feet Magnetic Tape with Strong Self Adhesive - Perfect Magnetic Roll for Craft and DIY Projects - Sticky Anisotropic Magnets $9.49 2 $18.98
Creativity Street Faceted Assorted Shape Acrylic Gemstone, Assorted Size, Assorted Color, 1 lb $16.18 1 $16.18
Caydo 324 Pieces Pipe Cleaners 27 Colors Chenille Stems for Valentine Day DIY Art Creative Crafts Decorations (6 mm x 12 Inch) $14.99 1 $14.99
Chenille Kraft Wonderfoam Assorted Shape Decorative Foam Shape, Assorted Size, Assorted Color, 0.5 lb Tub, Pack of 3000 $13.99 1 $13.99
hand2mind Wood, Assorted Colors, Dominoes Double-Six Classroom Kit (6 Sets of 28) $13.56 1 $13.56
Learning Resources All About Me Family Counters, Assorted Colors and Shapes, Set of 72, Ages 3+ $12.65 1 $12.65
Didax Educational Resources Unifix Cubes Set (100 Pack) $11.95 1 $11.95
Kicko Foam Dice Set - 24 Pack of Assorted Colorful Big Square Blocks - Perfect for Building, Educational Toys, Math Teaching, Pastime, Party Favors and Supplies $9.98 1 $9.98
Royal Green Round Stickers 3/4 inch in 13 Assorted Colored Sticker dots 19mm - 520 Pack $7.48 1 $7.48
Darice Mor Multi Perfect for Craft Vibrant Fun Colors – Sturdy Wood Sticks Used for Kids Projects, Classrooms, Home and More – 4 1/2” Long, 120 per Pack, Pieces (4.5 Inch), Multicolored $5.43 1 $5.43

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