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Ms. Volmer from Rancho Cordova CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Ready, Set, Recess: Learning to Play Together

Help me give my students a better chance to grow in their social skills, collaboration skills, problem solving skills, and in their communication.

  • $1,003 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Everyday 13 students walk into my classroom ready to learn, grow, and explore. All students who enter my classroom are on the autism spectrum and at different levels of development. One area that all students with autism struggle in, is social skills. This is never more apparent than at recess.

I teach an energetic group of 10 boys, 3 girls, in a structured K/1 autism class for students with moderate autism .

My school works hard to provide the best education possible, however one area that is lacking is social skills. During recess students have been having a difficult time engaging in play with typically developing peers. With these items my students will have more chances to engage with the general education students. Both groups of students will be able to grow in their social skills, collaboration skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills. To use these items my students will have to work together with each other and general education students.

These items will give my students a way and a desire to engage with there general education peers.

My Project

I teach a class of fantastic autistic Kindergarten and First grade students. We all know that students who are autistic struggle socially. This is never more evident than at recess time. In an effort to help my students learn to share, compromise, work together, and solve problems I want to get some items that can be used during recess with their general education peers.

Each item on the list will engage my students with the general education students and help build social skills, critical thinking, collaborating, problem solving, and build vocabulary.

By providing these building and play materials during recess, my students will be given a need and desire to engage with others as well as learning to work together. This project not only benefits my 13 students but the other general education Kindergarten classes as well. In total 73 students will be able to work on the skills mentioned above.

Ms. Volmer
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Softzone Stack-A-Block, Soft Foam Play Set for Kids, Assorted (6-Piece) • Amazon Business $59.99 4 $239.96
Giant 4 in A Row, 4 to Score with Carrying Bag - Premium Wooden Four Connect Game Set in 3' Wood Grain by Rally & Roar - Oversized Family Outdoor Party Games for Backyard, Lawn, Parties, Bar Game • Amazon Business $74.99 1 $74.99
LA915X - Build & Play Logic Puzzles - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $69.99 1 $69.99
Sonyabecca Parachute, Play Parachute 20ft with 16 Handles for Kids Cooperation Group Play • Amazon Business $50.99 1 $50.99
Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Board, Developmental Toy, Sturdy Wooden Construction, Helps Develop Fine Motor Skills, 15.5" H x 11.5" W x 1.25" L • Amazon Business $20.99 2 $41.98
Champion Sports Platform Kid Stilts: Classic Kids Party, Birthday, and Picnic Game Set • Amazon Business $38.39 1 $38.39
Tonka Classic Steel Front End Loader Vehicle • Amazon Business $36.41 1 $36.41
iPlay, iLearn Kids Wooden Building Block Set, 72 PCS Wood Castle Blocks Kit, Natural Wooden Stacking Cubes, Educational Montessori Toy for Age 3, 4, 5 Year Olds Up, Children, Preschoolers, Boys, Girls • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Tonka Mighty Motorized Tow Truck Toy Vehicle • Amazon Business $27.70 1 $27.70
Tonka Steel Grader Vehicle • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Tonka Power Movers Cement Mixer Toy Vehicle • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
O-Toys Kids Maze Wooden Puzzle Activity Magnet Toys Beads Board Game Play Set for Boys Girls Learning Education Toy with Magnetic Wand for Toddlers Infants Preschool Children ABC Letter Words • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Peg board Shapes Puzzle 38pc • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Kangaroo Toy Car & Pull Back Cars Assortment (100-Pack) Party Favors, Toy Cars, Police, Fire, Construction, Race Cars and More • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Boley (12PC Jumbo Safari Animals - Zoo Animals and Jungle Animals - Includes Elephant, Horse, Giraffe, Moose, Zebra, Bear Gorilla, Cheetah, Rhino, Hippo, Lion, Tiger • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Wooden Toppling Tumbling Stacking Tower Board Games Building Blocks for Kids - 60 pieces • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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