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Mrs. Manz from West Bend WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

SEAMLESS: Socio-Emo Aptitude Makes Learning Environment Serene and Successful

My students need light covers, calming tools and books as ways to cope with hard to manage emotions.

  • $519 goal

This project expired on September 20, 2018.

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My Students

My students come to school excited and ready to learn. From day one, our grade level motto is "shining stars" and if you ask any former or current kindergarten who is the shining star, every one of them would say "I am."

"Educating the mind and not the heart is no education at all."

As an educator, it is important to educate the whole child.

Currently, I have a very limited supply of calming tools and books. I have done role-playing in a limited way but these materials will give me the opportunity to use multiple educational formats.

Some of the materials will give students the opportunity to identify which calming tool works best for themselves: watching a sand timer, breathing with a Hoberman ball, or using a stress ball. Other materials can be used in a small group setting to identify emotions and the proper response while in a calm state and learn from other students alternative responses. I am also asking for large group books and mindfulness activities so all students know how to stay calm and be empathetic to others.

My Project

Students today, even at young ages, find themselves under a great deal of stress. Sometimes stress can be positive and promote personal growth. However, sometimes stress can be a barrier to social-emotional development and interfere with academic growth.

It doesn't matter where the stress comes from.

It could be an external traumatic life event, an internal reason such as wanting to succeed, or a combination of both like leaving the comforts of home. Young students must be able to understand, manage, and move past emotional responses to focus on learning.

These materials will impact the classroom environment in every way. Covering lights to reduce eye strain, playing games in order to learn emotional regulation, and increasing students ability to be emotionally self-aware and empathetic.

Mrs. Manz
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fluorescent Light Covers Cozy Shades - Softening Light Filter for Game Room, Classroom, Office, Kids Bedrooms, or Hospital Room 48 x 24 inches - Set of 4 - Off White/Beige • Amazon Business $26.99 3 $80.97
Hoberman Large Rainbow Sphere • Amazon Business $39.00 1 $39.00
Silent Mind ~ Antique Design Tibetan Singing Bowl Set ~ Great For Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation, Stress & Anxiety Relief, Chakra Healing, Yoga, Zen ~ Perfect Spiritual Gift • Amazon Business $36.54 1 $36.54
20" Chilean Cactus Rainstick Musical Instrument with yarn wrap and sealant - Authentic Rain Stick Shaker from Africa Heartwood Project (TM) • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95
My Moods, My Choices TM Flipbook for Kids | 20 Different Moods/Emotions | Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices | Great for all Kids including those with Autism and ADHD (Large) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Fat Brain Toys pipSquigz • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Thoughts and Feelings: A Sentence Completion Card Game • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Grumpy Dinosaur • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit with Illustrations, Rhyming Poems, Birthday Activity and 2 DIY Dice • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere • Amazon Business $13.51 1 $13.51
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
The Angry Dragon: (Children's book about a Dragon Who Learns How To be Patient, Picture Books, Preschool Books, Ages 3-5, Baby Books, Kids Book, Bedtime Story) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need. • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Beautiful Oops! • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
The Recess Queen • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Teacher Created Resources 20660 Sand Timer • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Thailand Hand Carved Wooden Frog Guiro Rasp Croaking Sound Toy Musical instruments Tone Block Choose any Colorand Size Fun for all Ages (Wooden Clear, 5") • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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