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Ms. Romano from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sing A Story, Read A Song

My students need books of songs we sing and play, and paper and markers to create musical symbols and illustrations for these songs and others.

  • $621 goal

This project expired on October 1, 2011.

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My Students

If you were in Kindergarten, at a school without recess, wouldn't you rather become a better reader by singing and playing "Shake My Sillies Out" than by reciting letter sounds? My students would! And they can because many of our songs and games have corresponding books and allow for made-up verses.

Over 90% of my students are from low-income families who care deeply about their children's education.

Many students travel by public transportation past several schools to attend ours because of the strong sense of community, safe environment, and small class sizes. Our school's test scores have put pressure on teachers and students to spend less time with valuable hands-on learning experiences and more time with text books. For 45 minutes each week students come to general music class where I work to increase their literacy in all areas through playful, kinesthetic experiences. Adding books to this experience will help all students, especially my many students with autism, add meaning to the songs we sing and play. The 450 preschool through 8th grade students in this urban neighborhood school are eager to learn and play and they never turn down a well-told story or song!

My Project

These books are songs that tell stories. The look on my students' faces when they see a book for a song we've played many times is simultaneously joyful and curious. This collection will broaden our repertoire of songs students can read and give younger students enjoyable first experiences with reading. For my 30 students with autism, several of whom are nonverbal and have a hard time creating meaning, these books will give the visual cues needed to help them develop their language and communication skills. The paper and markers are for "mapping" activities that increase students' music literacy. After students sing and play a song many times they begin creating a "map" or developmentally appropriate musical score of the song. Eventually students use these maps to make up new verses, label notes, and read music. The WikkiStix will allow my students with visual impairments to follow their classmates' maps and give all students additional sensory input for matching the music with a map.

Research shows that children learn through play and my students deserve an education that values their energy and curiosity.

Your contribution to this project will continue making school a place children want to be and allow their formative experiences with reading to be joyful so that they become lifelong learners. The resources you fund will provide these students with songs to play in a way that encourages them to move beyond problem-solvers to become creative problem-finders.

Ms. Romano
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 450 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Abiyoyo • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Abiyoyo Returns Pete Seeger, Paul DuBois Jacobs, Michael Hay • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Post-it Easel Pads Landscape Design 30x25" • Quill $52.19 1 $52.19
Newsprint Paper 24Lx36W" Sheets, 10 lbs. per Bundle • Quill $26.54 1 $26.54
HP Multi-Purpose Paper 11x17" • Quill $10.29 5 $51.45
Mr. Sketch Scented Watercolor Markers Chisel Point, Assorted Colors, 12-Color Set • Quill $6.74 6 $40.44
WS537 - Wikki Stix Class Pack • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 2 $59.90
Father Grumble John M. Feierabend, Erik Plude (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
My Aunt Came Back Adapted by John M. Feierabend, Melanie Cha • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
The Crabfish John M. Feierabend, Vincent Nguyen • AKJ Books $15.26 1 $15.26
No Mirrors in My Nana''s House [With "Sweet Honey in the Rock • AKJ Books $14.04 1 $14.04
America the Beautiful (Wendell Minor) • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
The Star Spangled Banner in Translation • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
The Star-Spangled Banner Peter Spier, Francis Scott Key • AKJ Books $8.57 1 $8.57
Baby Beluga Raffi • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Everything Grows Raffi, Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $12.44 1 $12.44
Five Little Ducks • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Five Little Ducks (BB) • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
If You''re Happy And You Know It • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Shake My Sillies Out Raffi, Allen Allender (Illustrator), Da • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
Spider on the Floor • AKJ Books $4.67 1 $4.67
This Little Light of Mine • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Miss Mary Mack Joanna Cole, Stephanie Calmenson, Alan Tiegre • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Miss Mary Mack Mary Ann Hoberman, Nadine Bernard Westcott (I • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush • AKJ Books $13.22 1 $13.22
Baa Baa Black Sheep • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Mary Had a Little Lamb • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Shoo Fly! • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
Itsy Bitsy Spider, The • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
I''m a Little Teapot • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Iza Trapani, Jane Taylor, Jane • AKJ Books $5.42 1 $5.42
The Lady With The Alligator Purse • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Nadine Bernard Westco • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Jamberry • AKJ Books $6.23 1 $6.23
Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
American Folk Songs for Children • AKJ Books $19.46 1 $19.46

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