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Mrs. MacIntosh from Havelock NC is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensory Materials for Self Contained Classroom

My students need multiple sensory items to include textured balls, sensory sound tubes, bean bags, a sand and water table, water wigglers and a cd player.

  • $1,120 goal

This project expired on April 7, 2014.

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My Students

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn." O. Fred Donaldson

My special education classroom consists of nine inquisitive 1st-5th grade students who are motivated to learn.

Each of my students have sensory processing difficulties that can cause them to react differently to sensory input. My students frequently find the demands of the everyday classroom distracting, anxiety provoking, and sometimes completely overwhelming. These sensory difficulties can make learning challenging in the school environment.

My Project

Most of these sensory materials will be used in our school's "Sensory Room". The "Sensory Room" is an area for the students to retreat, so as to reorganize their nervous systems and return to the classroom in a "ready to learn" state. It is a calm and relaxing place where a student can go, one on one with a staff member, and take a necessary break. Teachers and service providers will monitor the student's arousal levels and select appropriate sensory tools to maintain optimal levels of arousal and attention within the classroom. The student will have bean bags to relax on, a CD player playing calming music and the array of sensory products/toys at the student's disposal. Sensory balls, sensory noise tubes and water jigglers are all sensory toys that a student can use to reach a "calm-alert" state of maximized function.

Every single one of my students could benefit from using sensory products.

It is important for my students to have sensory experiences to aid in fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social skills and creativity. Having sensory materials will help my students to learn using all of their senses and most importantly, learn hands-on and through experience.

Mrs. MacIntosh
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 9 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
KIT DONORS CHOOSE SENSORY SCIENTISTS • School Specialty $398.99 1 $398.99
KIT: SENSORY BUCKET • School Specialty $97.84 1 $97.84
CK20BU - Little Beanbag Seat - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
AA931 - Giant Sight & Sound Tubes • Lakeshore Learning Materials $69.99 1 $69.99
CK30RD - Big Beanbag Seat - Red • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
SCIENCE SENSORY TUBES SET OF 4 • School Specialty $28.49 1 $28.49
FIDGET WATER WIGGLER 5.5'' • School Specialty $7.59 3 $22.77
BAND EXERCISE CANDO LIGHT 6YD RED, NO LATEX • School Specialty $13.96 2 $27.92
Insignia? - CD Boombox with AM/FM Tuner - Black • Best Buy for Business $24.99 1 $24.99
FIDGET FIDGETYFINGER LOOPS SET OF 2 • School Specialty $17.09 1 $17.09

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