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Ms. Ellman from San Ramon CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Small Hands Build Great Minds With Loose Parts in TK

Help me give my students lots of things to get their little hands on for counting, sorting, patterning, sharing, and building fine motor skill!

  • 8 donors
  • $575 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Meet the T-K kids at our neighborhood school. These kids are a diverse bunch. Together, they represent a great mix of learning styles, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, they're all growing, learning and playing together in a tightly knit neighborhood community.

Kids this age learn best through purposeful play.

Little hands open the doorways to active minds as kids reach for all kinds of different things for enriched play, both indoors and out.

My Project

For early learners, "teaching" is a lot about curating. Kids learn best not by sitting still and receiving instruction, but rather by actively exploring through dynamic play. To help them build the target skill sets, I need to create an environment that fosters their natural instinct to make sense of the world through counting, sorting, and patterning.

The best early childhood learning environments offer a wide array of "loose parts,"--small items offered as invitations to learn through exploration.

With the wide variety of small counters, twistable toys, and magnetic mazes in this grant, I can help ensure that my students' small fingers gain strength and coordination. At the same time, they'll be creating, collaborating, and inventing their way toward the acquisition of essential concepts.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC1665X - Lakeshore Math Counters Library 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $149.00 1 $149.00
PP282 - Magnetic Color Maze • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
PP283 - Magnetic Counting Maze • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
DD372 - Nuts About Counting • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
RA802 - Dominoes • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
DD192 - Nuts About Patterning • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LM985 - Ocean Animal Counters • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
LM986 - Wild Animal Counters • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
LM982 - Butterfly Counters • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99

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