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Ms. MacKenzie from Saco ME is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Self -Reg-YOU-lated Learners

Help me give my students books and supplies that will be used to teach self-regulation strategies and skills that will in turn lead to increased self control and problem solving abilities.

  • $325 goal

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My Students

I teach at a Title I school in Maine, where approximately 50% of the school population receives free or reduced-price lunch. Our school provides some students with a needed food for weekends, and our school runs a food pantry for our families. We have a school garden and greenhouse, where students can learn how food gets from the garden to a table. Despite some hardships, the students in my classroom are eager to learn and do their best. I love teaching my students and helping them blossom into successful lifelong learners.

My second grade students arrive at school every day full of life, ready to learn, and excited to take on the day's challenges.

I tell my students everyday, "I believe in you.", "I am not going to give up on you.", and "You can do it." My classroom has two themes. One theme revolves around growth mindset ~ the power of the word YET. Instead of saying, "I can't do it." We say, "I can't do it...YET." The second theme is mindfulness. It is essential that my students know how to calm their bodies and minds, because students are better able to access learning in the classroom.

My Project

In the classroom, it has been observed that students who are unable to regulate themselves are not sufficiently prepared to participate in self-initiated and independent learning opportunities.

It is essential that my students know how to self-regulate in order to calm their bodies and minds and choose actions in their best interest.

When students can self-regulate, they are better able to access learning in the classroom. I have selected a variety of materials to help my students learn some new strategies and skills to ultimately independently self-regulate in school and in life.

Within any given classroom, students experience different emotions and different levels of focus. It is necessary to teach children the skills and strategies that they require in order to be focused and engaged learners during the hours they spend in the classrooms. I plan to use the selected books to directly teach children strategies to self-regulate. These skills and strategies are not innate, they need to be explicitly taught. The students will use some of the sensory tools I ordered to help focus during direct instruction.

The literature that has been selected is full of clear, concrete examples of appropriate self-regulatory strategies. I am hopeful that by using the exercises and techniques from the guide book and selected resources, that I will reach the children who need it, so that they can learn how to independently navigate their world in order to be successful kids.

Research suggests that being able to self-regulate will not only help students to experience greater academic success, but may also contribute to the entire school experience being more enjoyable for our students. There is so much more to our world than just academic learning. If this project is funded, it will make a positive life changing difference to my students.

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

This project will reach 16 students.

8 donors have given to this project.

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Self-Regulation and Mindfulness: Over 82 Exercises & Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD & Autism Spectrum Disorder • Amazon Business $24.29 1 $24.29
rockcloud Healing Crystal 1.6 inch Rainbow Heart Love Carved Palm Worry Stone Chakra Reiki Balancing • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
The Way I Act • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens • Amazon Business $15.26 1 $15.26
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing • Amazon Business $14.34 1 $14.34
What Does It Mean to Be Present? • Amazon Business $13.76 1 $13.76
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Train Your Angry Dragon: Teach Your Dragon To Be Patient. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Emotions and Anger Management. (Dragon Books for Kids) (My Dragon Books) (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Spiky Sensory Rollers (Pack of 3) - Unbreakable Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys - BPA / Phthalate / Latex-Free • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Impresa Products Spiky Sensory Balls (Pack of 5) - Squeezy and Bouncy Fidget Toys / Sensory Toys - BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
I Will Try (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
I Believe in Myself (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 6) • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine • Amazon Business $9.11 1 $9.11
Personal Space Camp • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Big Mo's Toys Liquid Motion Bubble Timer - Rectangular Sensory Relaxation Water Toy - Assorted Colors, 1 Piece • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
CuberSpeed Rainbow Ball Magic cube Fidget toy puzzle Magic Rainbow ball puzzle Fun fidget • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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