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Ms. Hjerpe from Roslindale MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Setting Up a New Sensory Space for Strong Learners

My students need markers, books, and sensory and developmentally appropriate tools to build a strong and engaging learning environment.

  • $1,827 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are 25 special children from all over the city of Boston. They are still learning to read, write, and some, are learning to speak English. They are extremely diverse, African American, Hispanic, Asian, multi-racial, English language learners, non-English language learners, special education, and general education students. To meet their diverse needs, we are in need of some supplies to engage all students and teach them initiative, drive, and independence. My students have been in the same classroom space for multiple years. I would like to introduce flexible seating this year to make our classroom more student-centered, developmentally appropriate, and choice oriented. Flexible seating benefits are abundant and can result in the mental and physical improvement of all students.

My Project

"Current research in the areas of movement and learning shows that children need and deserve flexible and alternative seating in an environment where they spend almost the whole day five days a week." -Janina Yimenez, Educating for Eternity.

In order to provide the best instruction possible, I meet with children in small, instructional level based groups of no more than 6 children.

I teach children to make strong, independent choices to further their learning while I work with others on targeted, relevant instruction. I want to transform our classroom into a student-centered learning environment.

We need flexible seating spaces so students feel comfortable and engaged in their work. Students will be given the option to choose where they sit, on stools, crates, in laundry baskets, or in their seats with fidget tools.

Our classroom space needs properly organized materials, so students can complete tasks independently without interrupting small group instruction or disturbing their peers. This includes new markers, highlighters for marking up the text, pencils, pencil sharpers, colored paper, lined paper, scissors, and organizing cases to keep our materials in (to save instructional time!).

Finally, we need new books! We need books that have diverse main characters so that students of all backgrounds can relate and "see themselves" in the text. I was this group's 2nd grade teacher as well, so they have thoroughly read most of my books! I am hoping to get them hooked on series that spark their interest, and therefore have ordered a range of books from fiction, to non-fiction, historical-fiction, comic books, and more.

Thank you for your generosity!

Ms. Hjerpe
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids The Surf Portable Lap Desk/Laptop Stand/Writing Table, Navy • Amazon Business $25.00 4 $100.00
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28 • Amazon Business $92.41 1 $92.41
Junie B. Jones Books in a Bus (Books 1-28) • Amazon Business $85.74 1 $85.74
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair, Active Classroom Desk Seating with Stay-Put Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, Blue, 45cm • Amazon Business $19.98 4 $79.92
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection 11 Books Set Pack (1-11) • Amazon Business $59.48 1 $59.48
How to Train Your Dragon: The Complete Series: Paperback Gift Set • Amazon Business $58.01 1 $58.01
Kids Fidget Chair/Foot Bands for Sensory Classroom (10 Packs) -Ideal for Kids with ADHD ADD SPD Autism (Fidget Chair Band | 10 Pack | Blue) • Amazon Business $27.97 2 $55.94
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, 256 Count Classpack • Amazon Business $54.54 1 $54.54
2 Pack - SueSport Air Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion, Balance Disc, Twist Massage, 14 Inch, Purple • Amazon Business $26.50 2 $53.00
My Weird School 21-Book Box Set • Amazon Business $52.97 1 $52.97
Zippered Pencil Pouches by School Smarts - 3 Ring Pencil Case with Mesh and plastic window. Huge 30 Pack with a Variation of 6 Bright Colors. • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Ivy + Bean Boxed Set, Books 1 to 10 • Amazon Business $49.95 1 $49.95
STERILITE 12167906, 2 Bushel 71 L Ultra Laundry Basket, Aqua Chrome with Titanium Handles, 6 Pack • Amazon Business $46.29 1 $46.29
Roald Dahl 15-Book Boxed Set-PROP-RMS • Amazon Business $45.99 1 $45.99
Dork Diaries x 10 title set: Dork Diaries / Party Time / How to Dork your Diary / Pop Star / Dear Dork / TV Star / Skating Sensation / Holiday Heartbreak / OMG / Once Upon a Dork • Amazon Business $45.95 1 $45.95
The Baby-Sitters Club Retro Set • Amazon Business $36.88 1 $36.88
X-ACTO ProX Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener • Amazon Business $35.94 1 $35.94
Fly Guy Presents Collection 7 Book Set • Amazon Business $35.00 1 $35.00
Captain Underpants: 10 Book Set • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
I Survived Collector's Toolbox (I Survived) • Amazon Business $33.75 1 $33.75
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book 10-Book Box Set • Amazon Business $33.22 1 $33.22
Bememo 14 Pieces 7 Colors Waterproof Zipper Pouch Plastic Double Layer File Bag for Pen Pencil Cosmetics Supplies Travel • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
The Judy Moody Uber-Awesome Collection: Books 1-9 • Amazon Business $27.57 1 $27.57
The Complete Ramona Collection: Beezus and Ramona, Ramona and Her Father, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Ramona Forever, Ramona the Brave, Ramona the Pest, Ramona's World • Amazon Business $26.23 1 $26.23
AmazonBasics Pre-sharpened Wood Cased #2 HB Pencils, 150 Pack • Amazon Business $12.49 2 $24.98
Luciana 3-Book Box Set (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2018) • Amazon Business $22.97 1 $22.97
FUNHOUR 22lb/9.9kg(Max) Heavy Duty Sticky Adhesive Command Transparent Hooks Reusable Waterproof Utility Free Punching Stainless Steel Hangers No Scratch hanging for Bathroom Kitchen Bedroom(20pcs) • Amazon Business $10.49 2 $20.98
Lulu Boxed Set #1-6 • Amazon Business $20.94 1 $20.94
Best Highlighters (Extra Large 50 Pack) 2 Styles (Large Barrel & Pen Size) in 5 Different Colors in Yellow, Green, Orange, Blue, and Pink - Perfect for Bible Study, Classroom, Students, and Teachers! • Amazon Business $18.97 1 $18.97
Gabriela 3-Book Box Set (American Girl: Girl of the Year 2017) • Amazon Business $17.43 1 $17.43
The Never Girls Collection #1 (Disney: The Never Girls) • Amazon Business $15.87 1 $15.87
Sharpie Chisel Tip Tank Style Highlighter, Fluorescent Yellow - Pack of 36 (1920938) • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, “Brights” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets (99608) • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Kids Scissors 5" - 12 Pack - School Pack Of Scissors For Kids age 3 and up, Assorted Colors (Pointed Tip) • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Wayside School Boxed Set: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside School • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Wausau Astrobrights 24# Writing Paper, 500 count, Cool Assortment, 8.5 x 11 Inch (20274) • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
Mead Loose Leaf Paper, Filler Paper, Wide Ruled, 200 Sheets, 10-1/2" x 8", 3 Hole Punched, 3 Pack (73183) • Amazon Business $10.77 1 $10.77
Willa of the Wood • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Fly Guy Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The City of Ember (The First Book of Ember) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Magician's Elephant • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Serafina and the Black Cloak • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
flic-flac 44PCS 4 x 4 inches (10 x10cm) Assorted Color Felt Fabric Sheets Patchwork Sewing DIY Craft 1mm Thick • Amazon Business $4.88 1 $4.88

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