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Mrs. Watkins from Manchester TN is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Strong Handwriting Skills Make Sharp Readers Too

Help me give my students reading materials, pencils, sand trays for forming words, playdough for strengthening fine motor skills, and a large post-it pad for writing.

  • $600 goal

This project expired on January 10, 2019.

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My Students

My school is a rural, Title I school in Tennessee where poverty is high and experiences are limited. These students are pushed every day to achieve high levels of academic excellence, and they work hard daily to achieve with our rigorous expectations.

"It's not who I am but what I do that defines me," is a quote on my Batman door that students see every time they enter and exit my room.

I believe in my learners and want to help them become excellent readers and writers.

My Project

As a reading interventionist, I have been to a multitude of training on the importance of handwriting and writing skills as they relate to reading. Therefore, I am requesting handwriting materials to supplement a program I use in the classroom called "Handwriting Without Tears." I am requesting sand writing boxes and playdough to create letters and words while strengthening fine motor skills. I am also requesting slide, stamp and see screens to use with "Handwriting Without Tears."

To help increase our reading fluency skills, I am requesting "The Mega Book of Fluency" by world-renowned literacy guru Tim Rasinsky.

This book will help us practice phrasing, reading, intonation and getting better at reading. Lastly, I am requesting "Road to Reading" which is a research-based reading program to continue to help make a difference with my students in the area of reading. Thank you for considering my project and helping my students become better readers and writers.

Mrs. Watkins
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Handwriting Without Tears SAS Slide Stamp and See Screen, 4" x 6" Size, Wooden • Amazon Business $24.98 6 $149.88
Primary Concepts, PC-3003 Word Formation Single Learning Sand Tray • Amazon Business $29.64 4 $118.56
Road to Reading: A Program for Preventing and Remediating Reading Difficulties (Vital Statistics) • Amazon Business $65.13 1 $65.13
Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad, 25 x 30 Inches, 30 Sheets/Pad, 2 Pads (559 STB), Large White Premium Self Stick Flip Chart Paper, Rolls for Portability, Hangs with Command Strips • Amazon Business $41.49 1 $41.49
The Megabook of Fluency • Amazon Business $29.05 1 $29.05
BOOCOSA Pencil Sharpener, BEST Heavy Duty Steel Blade, Electric Pencils Sharpener with Auto Stop for School Classroom Office Home – Precise Perfect Point Every time for Artists Kids Adults • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Creativity Street Magnetic Chalk and Whiteboard Erasers, 4-Pack (AC2083) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Half Pencils with Eraser - Golf, Classroom, Pew - #2 Hexagon, Sharpened, Box of 72. Color: Four Mixed Classic • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Graphite Pencils, #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened, Yellow, 30 Count (13830) • Amazon Business $5.97 2 $11.94
Play-Doh Plus Color Set (8 Pack) • Amazon Business $6.96 1 $6.96

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