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Mrs. Sotomayor from Bloomington IN is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Project Pencil Grip!

Help me give my students tools to improve their handwriting and fine motor abilities with special paper, finger grips, and pencils designed to promote appropriate pencil grip and improve handwriting.

  • $303 goal

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My Students

Our school is an Artful Learning school with a focus on the performing arts. Our students access the curriculum and state standards through arts based strategies and projects. This year we have partnered with our local university to provide additional experiences in the arts which include dance, yoga, drums, pottery, tumbling, keyboarding, and violin, among others. Our students are excited about having the opportunity to participate in learning experiences they may not have otherwise.

Our students come from low socioeconomic households with a variety of challenges that often impede their ability to succeed in the classroom.

The basic needs of our student often go unmet outside of the school doors. Many students deal with behavioral issues as a result of trauma, stress, or other emotional disabilities. Our students deserve to feel the sense of pride that comes with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.

My Project

My students often come into first grade with limited fine motor skills, which greatly impacts their handwriting ability. First grade standards require paragraph writing by the end of the year, and this is very challenging for students who struggle with pencil grip, fine motor strength, letter formation, and spacing. My students often have lots of great things to write about, but their lack in fine motor strength hinders them when they want to put their ideas and words on to paper. They often get fatigued easily and lose motivation to write. I would like to incorporate extensive handwriting practice at the end of this school year and the start of the next so that my students can improve their handwriting skills.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Abilitations Hi-Write Beginner Journal Paper, Level 1, 8-1/2 x 11 Inches, Pack of 100 • Amazon Business $12.58 4 $50.32
The Pencil Grip Original, Classroom Set of 36, Universal Ergonomic Training Gripper for Righties and Lefties, Assorted Colors (TPG-11136) • Amazon Business $43.67 1 $43.67
Sanp Pencil Grip Claw, 5 Packs Pencil Grip Writing Claw Training Writing Aids Claw Correction Finger Grip for Kids Preschoolers Children Adults Students -Special Needs • Amazon Business $9.99 4 $39.96
Paper Mate Handwriting Triangular Mechanical Pencils, 1.3mm, HB #2, Fashion Wraps, 24 Count • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
Abilitations Hi-Write Beginner Paper, Level 2, Pack of 100 • Amazon Business $11.57 2 $23.14
Paper Mate Handwriting Triangular Mechanical Pencils, 1.3mm, HB #2, Fashion Wraps, 24 Count • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Handwriting Practice: Jokes & Riddles • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89

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