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Mrs. Watts from Irving TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Stories to Build Language

My students need a lot of repetitive stories to learn how to speak as well as their peers.

  • $199 goal

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My Students

My students are from various classrooms across three preschool campuses. I am a Speech Language Pathologist who provides response to intervention (RtI) services to general education preschool students. In order to qualify for preschool in my district, the student must be either bilingual or low socioeconomic status. We have many students who are English Language Learners from many different ethnic backgrounds.

These students are 4-5 years-old and exhibit difficulty with either their speech or language development.

These students come into preschool with poor fine motor and low home engagement. My class is the first step of intervention prior to a referral for special education.

Our districts goal is to catch children with concerns early to help them succeed rather than start with the most restrictive environment and label. My students receive this early intervention as well as parent training to help reach this goal. Impact on these students also leads to better language development for their siblings due to their modeling of language skills at home and improved parent involvement. So by helping one you will be helping many.

My Project

I am requesting various books I use with my groups. My students learn through story retell activities. We practice multiple goals through the use of good books. When I find an engaging book, students will often repeat story lines throughout the rest of the day and even come back a week later remembering what we talked about. Students can work on many skills at once with these books and activities that I pair with them.

When I use Rosie’s Walk, we practice the language skill of prepositional phrases as well as correctly articulating age appropriate sounds.

I include fun activities following the book, such as an obstacle course through the farm. Students learn new vocabulary with even the simplest books.

I use the book, The Carrot Seed, to coincide with science lessons they are using in the classroom. The simple pictures and text are a perfect way to elicit natural language from students. Moonbear’s Shadow is another book that directly aligns with our curriculum. My students love recreating the bear’s journey through the day.

I am requesting my own personal copies of these books so I will always have them on hand when I need them. I often share my lessons with my fellow Speech Language Pathologists, instructional assistants, and graduate students so your support would also impact their students as well. Thank you for considering my project and supporting all teachers.

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

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Language Flow Book Set (Set of 10) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $62.01 1 $62.01
Purple Glue Sticks (Set of 30) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $8.46 1 $8.46
A Chair For My Mother (Paperback) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
The Wind Blew - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
Everyone Poops - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
Moonbear's Shadow (Paperback) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
The Tiny Seed (Paperback) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
Swimmy - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
The Alphabet Tree (Paperback) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.79 1 $6.79
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.76 1 $6.76
Listening Walk - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $5.94 1 $5.94
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $5.94 1 $5.94

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