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Ms. Audra from Henrico VA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEAM Lights the Way for Preschoolers

Help me give my students a mirror, Magna-tiles manipulatives, Magna-tile car manipulatives, and the math activity set for their light table center.

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My Students

Teaching at my school for the past eight years has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Our students come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, with over 40 different countries represented in our school.

My classroom serves nine students, ages 2-5, who receive special education services for autism and related disabilities.

These early childhood years are critical for building foundational skills to help them solve real life problems. We learn about spatial awareness, which lets us manage our personal belongings, navigate our classroom, and have positive social relationships. We learn about counting, which is critical for figuring out "how many" we need -- whether it's number of snacks or money to buy groceries. Everything we do is rooted in play, but does the critical work of preparing them for the real world.

My Project

Our light table center has easily become the most popular point in our classroom. Students are regularly drawn to the colorful equipment, the blinking lights, and the sensory exploration. They play eagerly side-by-side, which carries over into increased social engagement throughout the day.

We want to level up our light table to include more of the important early foundation math, science, and life skills that each of our preschoolers will need to be successful.

We are asking for colorful blocks, mirrors, and other items that will increase their understanding of numbers, spatial concepts, measurement, and more. They will build, problem solve, and create together in ways that are fun -- thus setting the foundation for a life-long love for learning.

It may be hard to picture how colorful blocks connect to real world problems, but the connections are numerous. We can build cars, houses, and other things that we need for our early pretend play. We can practice counting with engaging materials, which then transfers to counting how many spoons we need at lunch or how many people are playing a game outside. We learn about spatial awareness, which then helps us solve the problem of how to fit all of our personal belongings into our cubbies. And the bigger, more complicated problems we all face as we age? We do that with the skills that we started developing in preschool.

Ms. Audra
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 9 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LL677 - Light Table Mirror Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $99.50 1 $99.50
DG546 - Magna-Tiles® - Starter Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $52.99 1 $52.99
LC695X - Light Table Math Trays - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LK467 - Crystal Climbers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
SVT6022 - Magna-Tiles® Cars Expansion Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99

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