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Mrs. Kim from La Puente CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Soft Starts to End Smart

My students need manipulatives, games, puzzles, art supplies, and building material.

  • $585 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

First grade is such an amazing grade because there is hard evidence of tremendous growth by the end of the year academically and socially. First graders are so impressionable, and it is important to me to provide opportunities and experiences that will prepare them for the future. The school that I teach at is a Title 1 school, so it is critical for me to provide as much support as I can in my classroom.

First graders have such a positive attitude and are so much fun!!

They say the funniest things and their curiosity inspires me daily.

My Project

This year our school will be implementing Soft Starts for the first 15 minutes of school to inspire and get creative juices flowing for the rest of the day. Whether those 15 minutes are spent "playing" or "exploring," it sets the students up for further learning. Students will be allowed to use manipulatives to apply the math learning from previous lessons or they may have the freedom to just play with the math manipulatives. The 15 minutes of Soft Starts is a time where there is no pressure and no expectations, other than for the students to have a chance to be kids.

There have been many studies that support student learning through play.

Through playing games, building and creating students learn many social skills.

Mrs. Kim
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
HH725X - Self-Checking Math Match-Ups - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
GG899 - Self-Inking Math Stamps • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
PP239 - Super-Fun Marble Run - Master Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
TT758 - Building Brick STEM Challenge Kit - Pre K-Gr. 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
ZZ174 - Stack & Build Soft Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.95 1 $29.95
RA802 - Dominoes • Lakeshore Learning Materials $27.99 1 $27.99
DB251 - Playstix® • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
RA272 - Tangrams • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
EE476 - Addition Flip & Solve Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
EE477 - Subtraction Flip & Solve Board • Lakeshore Learning Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
DA363 - Best-Buy 9" Geoboards - Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
DD425 - Rekenrek to 100 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
RA683 - Math Links • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
DA362 - Best-Buy 6" Geoboards - Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
HH396 - Tactile Numbers Match-Ups • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
DD908 - Pattern Blocks Activity Cards • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
TT907 - Tangram Picture Matching Cards • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
DD135 - Magnetic Base 10 Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99
JJ388 - Write & Wipe Student Number Lines - Set of 30 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $8.99 1 $8.99

Materials cost

$421.77

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$38.59

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.33

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$496.69

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$87.65

Total project goal

$584.34

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$584.34

4 Donors

-$277.60

Donations toward project cost

-$248.35

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.25

match offer

-$292.16

Match offer toward project cost

-$248.34

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$43.82

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.58

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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