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Mrs. ILABAN from Kailua Kona HI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

SELebrating the Best in Us!

Help me give my students mentor texts to help build social emotional learning.

  • $472 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are special because they come from a diverse background, seven languages are represented in my classroom. We function like a family in an environment that promotes positive social interactions around respect, responsibility, and safe behaviors.

We embody the Hawaiian values of aloha, malama, kuleana, and kokua.

We care for one another and promote kindness to everyone and focus on our responsibility to our community and island. My students work hard, they have a growth mindset that drives them to want to reach their goals and they encourage their peers to do the same. They are curious, excited about learning and love school, so much that they are sad when it is the weekend.

When I asked them why they love school, most of them said it is because of science. My students enjoy integrated lessons that are cross-curricular​ including reading, writing, and STEM. I hope to enhance their love of learning and encourage them to continue to be interested in the world around us.

My Project

Children come to school with emotional experiences that affect their ability to focus and learn in school. Research shows that stress and trauma in the human brain prevents the amygdala from processing information. I have been practicing mindfulness, yoga, and positive talks with my students this year. I have seen a difference in how students behave. I would like to extend my social emotional learning (SEL) lessons to include mentor texts that can provide scenarios that students can relate to and use when they are feeling stressed.

When students feel happy, loved, accepted, confident, and brave, then they will have the ability to take risks and persevere to reach their goals in life.

My school supports PBIS or positive behavior intervention systems, and encourages developing social emotional health of students. However, when I asked if there was any funding to help me develop social emotional learning in my classroom, I was told, there is not any funding. I want my students to develop their emotional health and well being by giving them access to stories and information that can build a foundation for future emotional growth. Selebrating the best in each of us will build experiences in my classroom that will promote kindness and strength in my students.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Feelings and Dealings: an Emotions and Empathy Card Game • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Say Something • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Good Egg • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Feelings In a Flash | Emotional Intelligence Flashcard Game | Toddlers & Special Needs Children | Teaching Empathy Activities, Coping & Social Skills | 50 Scenario Cards, 50 Reaction Faces • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Giraffe Problems • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series) • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
If You Plant a Seed • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Words to Love By • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress • Amazon Business $12.60 1 $12.60
When Sadness is at Your Door • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Friend Ship • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength (Positive Mindset series) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs: A Tapping Solution Children's Story • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
It's Not Fair!: A Book About Having Enough (Generous Kids) • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
I Am Not Afraid To Fail (Persistence Project) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Heart Bubbles: Exploring compassion with kids • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I Won't Give Up (Persistence Project) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
You Can Face Your Fears (Persistence Project) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Kindness Starts With You - At School • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Bully B.E.A.N.S. • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45

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