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Teacher Clark-Kimmel from Glenwood Springs CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory and Calming Experiences for Awesome Preschoolers

Help me give my students weighted items, fidget toys, sensory materials, and calming items.

  • $586 goal

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My Students

We have a diverse group of students with differing abilities, from many different backgrounds. Some have scholarships, some have special education funding, and some pay tuition. Students are three to five years old. We are a part of the Roaring Fork School District. Our schools serve children from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs, in the mountains of Colorado.

Some of our students receive special education services.

Although it is important for all students to have access to materials that promote the development of social skills, it is especially important for children with disabilities to interact with peers who can serve as partners and models for these skills. As an itinerant early childhood special educator, it is my job to go into several classrooms to support the individualized education programs of children with identified disabilities.

My Project

Many students with special needs also have unique sensory needs. They often have difficulty with the sights, sounds, and textures of everyday life. In the classroom, this can mean that the very normal noise of the busy-ness of other students working and playing can cause these students distress. For these and other students, life can be stressful or even traumatic, and the need for a space to calm down and be alone, and to have materials to help do that are essential to their well-being.

Teachers can provide students with what is called a "sensory diet", in which they offer materials and experiences that either give them the sensory input their bodies crave, or opportunities to escape the ones that are distressing to them.

This might include fun, textured balls, putty and dough of all types, noise-cancelling headphones, weighted items to help students maintain focus, and a quiet place for one child to be by herself get away from it all (a cozy corner). I have selected a variety of materials to appeal to the many awesome students we serve!

Teacher Clark-Kimmel
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MY SAFE SPACE - CAR • School Specialty $94.64 1 $94.64
STEPPING STONE TACTILE STEP-N-STONES SET OF 6 • School Specialty $53.03 1 $53.03
WEIGHTED DOG NECK PILLOW - 3 LB • School Specialty $47.35 1 $47.35
WEIGHTED DOG NECK PILLOW - 3 LB • School Specialty $47.35 1 $47.35
LAP PAD SMALL GREEN • School Specialty $33.15 1 $33.15
LAP PAD SMALL BLUE • School Specialty $33.15 1 $33.15
YUCK-E-BALLS - SET OF 6 • School Specialty $31.45 1 $31.45
CALIFONE HEARING PROTECTOR HS40 BASIC - EACH - HS40 • School Specialty $7.09 3 $21.27
FIDGET LOOPEEZ • School Specialty $3.76 4 $15.04
POM PONS 90MM ASSORTED COLORS - SET OF 36 • School Specialty $12.77 1 $12.77
WAND SPIRAL GLITTER SET OF 3 • School Specialty $7.59 1 $7.59

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