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Mrs. Baker from Postville IA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pretend Play = Real Words!

Help me give my students pretend play items such as dollhouse, furniture, puppets, play sets, etc. that will help them interact and develop social language.

  • $907 goal

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My Students

Imagine moving to a new country. It is full of an unfamiliar culture, new people, places, and strange food. Now, you walk into a school. You may not have ever had any previous educational experiences before. You do not speak the language, know how to hold a pencil, or what is expected of you while in school. This is what my students experience when they first move to the United States. Although they face many challenges, my students are eager to learn and soak up as much information as possible.

My classroom is in a small school district with a high immigrant and refugee population in rural northeast Iowa.

My students are K-6 students from 5 different countries and speak 7 different languages. Many of my students have little, to no previous educational experiences. Some of their education was received in rural villages in Guatemala or refugee camps in Somalia. They are then immersed in the American school system. I help students gain their first experiences in English, as well as try to catch them up in content courses. My students come from different sections of the world but believe that their education is the answer to their future.

My Project

Newcomer students need to develop "playground" language before they begin to acquire the academic language needed to be successful in school. One way children do this is through play. Pretending is an important aspect of child development. Imaginative play helps children develop important skills that impact their social and emotional learning. Play allows children to use their creativity, as well as aid in cognitive brain function.

Items in this project will not only give my students a chance to use their imaginations but will also help them develop social language.

The dollhouse and barn will give my students the outlet needed to use their basic vocabulary in a fun, and playful way. The puppets will also allow them the opportunity to interact with language in a creative manner. This will help them in all aspects of their future school careers.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
JJ906 - Giant Classic Dollhouse • Lakeshore Learning Materials $189.00 1 $189.00
JJ907 - Classic Dollhouse Furniture • Lakeshore Learning Materials $149.00 1 $149.00
TT740X - Let’s Talk! Community Helpers Puppets - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $115.00 1 $115.00
DD965X - Lakeshore Pose & Play Families - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $69.99 1 $69.99
LA827 - Lakeshore Puppet Tree • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Barn With 7 Animal Play Figures • Amazon Business $39.98 1 $39.98
Get Ready Kids Bigmouth Farm Puppet Set • Amazon Business $34.53 1 $34.53
KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set (115 Pieces) • Amazon Business $28.78 1 $28.78
Melissa & Doug Farm Friends Classic Play Sets • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99

Materials cost

$683.26

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$46.80

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.25

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$770.31

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$135.94

Total project goal

$906.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$906.25

8 Donors

-$806.25

Donations toward project cost

-$685.31

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$120.94

match offer

-$100.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$85.00

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.00

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$0.00

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