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Mrs. Ralls from Cape Girardeau MO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Purposeful Play is Powerful!

Help me give my students the ability to become learners ready to learn with Washable Sensory Play Materials and a Colorpillar Sorting Mat!

  • $772 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students start the morning with play but struggle to play appropriately. This is one of the many challenges they are faced with daily. My goal is to give them the proper materials, instruction and opportunities to develop the skills needed to play. I teach at a Title I school in Missouri where all students receive free breakfast and lunch every day.

My students are a fun loving bunch of 3 and 4 year olds who attend an integrated program, special education students with regular education peers.

My students are natural, enthusiastic learners. Their impulse to ask questions, to investigate, and to explore, examine and experiment, comes from a curiosity about their world and a desire to understand things. They learn, grow, and internalize experiences with each other, adults, and real materials that require all their senses. For this reason, I spend thoughtful time planning diverse learning centers, with open-ended activities and hands-on materials to use throughout the school year. My goal is to provide them with a curriculum that emphasizes: communication, language, social skills, play, imagination, creativity, engagement, self-management, and academics. I also strive to provide fun and interactive opportunities to keep them engaged and eager to learn.

My Project

Our program is centered based. All materials requested will be used at center time to enhance their learning. We address academics (colors, shapes, letters, big/little, patterns, sorting), fine motor for pencil grasp (peg board, using twisters) and senses (sensory table items, smocks so we don't get wet, fishing game). We also need bins to put all our centers into! Lastly, we have to walk to our playground which is a walk across a parking lot. We are requesting a walking line to keep us all safe!

Play is an active form of learning that involves the whole self.

The donations we receive will make a huge difference in the program that I am able to offer my students. The materials will enhance student learning and provide a better quality learning experience! They will build vocabulary, speaking and listening skills through interactions with peers. Kids need time to play!

Mrs. Ralls
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP385X Washable Sensory Play Materials Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $159.00 1 $159.00
JJ766 Colorpillar Sorting Mat • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
LA987 StayDry Water Play Smock • Lakeshore Learning Materials $11.99 4 $47.96
FF186 Early Math Activity Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
RR748 HoldARing Walking Rope • Lakeshore Learning Materials $34.99 1 $34.99
DD191 Nuts About Sorting • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
DD645 My First Pegboard Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
BX603 Peg Pictures for Beginners • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
RR724 Lakeshore Magnetic Fishing Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
TT818 Getting Ready to Write Gumball Grab • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
AA775 Button SizeSorting Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
BC641BU Lakeshore Scooter Board Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $22.99 1 $22.99
RR255 Lakeshore Counting Keys • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
YB10YE Lakeshore Storage Box Yellow • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 2 $9.98
YB10RG Lakeshore Storage Box Orange • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 2 $9.98
YB10GR Lakeshore Storage Box Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 2 $9.98
YB10PU Lakeshore Storage Box Purple • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 2 $9.98
YB10BU Lakeshore Storage Box Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 2 $9.98
YB10RD Lakeshore Storage Box Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $4.99 2 $9.98
LC360 People Colorssupsup Crayon Pack • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 1 $6.99

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