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Mrs. April Myres, NBCT from Olive Branch MS is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Power of PLAY

Help me give my students a variety of manipulatives that would promote learning-based play experiences using Montessori beliefs and structured teaching methods.

  • $600 goal

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My Students

We have a wonderful class filled with adorable Pre-K children (ages 3 and 4). To be in our Pre-k class, a child must show delays in 2 core areas. With morning and afternoon half-day classes, each minute of class time needs to be utilized.

Each child enters our classroom with their own sense of wonder and curiosity, while also having their own individual needs.

The needs greatly vary from non-verbal to children high functioning on the Autism Spectrum. Some have language needs- language, expressive, and/or articulation as well as health concerns or disabilities.

Our classroom is a special place where children receive the love, resources, and accommodations needed to learn and grow each day!!

My Project

Imaginative play is, of course, the ultimate goal. However, for my students with developmental delays, autism eligibility, and those with a communication handicap...just play is hard. My students need some guidance and structure to their play activities to stay engaged.

Play is the highest form of research.

~~ Albert Einstein

The Poke-a-Dot books will be added to the Library area to add structure to reading experiences. As you turn the pages, the reader is able to "pop" the dot. This small addition to standard board books adds structure and purpose of turning the pages for my Pre-K students.

The cars, ball drop toys, and poppers will be added to our Play area to provide toys with a purpose that will also teach the beginnings of cause and effect as well as turn-taking.

The Montessori Puzzles and wooden toys & puzzles will be added to the Math area for a structured play experience where the student can explore the toy and how it works.

These manipulatives and toys will encourage my students to play independently while staying engaged since they are created to provide a play experience with a bit of direction.

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fat Brain Toys Lalaboom 48 pc Set • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Fat Brain Toys Klickity Baby Toy • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Paradise Galleries Reborn Baby Doll Accessories Magic Bottles Set, Disappearing Milk & Juice • Amazon Business $12.99 2 $25.98
Oball 3 Piece Go Grippers Vehicles, Race Car-3 pack • Amazon Business $12.88 2 $25.76
Elite Montessori Object Permanence Box with Tray and Ball • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Elite Montessori Infant Coin Box • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
B. toys by Battat B. Whacky Ball - Fuschia (Assorted Colors) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
ALEX Jr. Tots First Chunky Pegs • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Hape First Shapes Toddler Wooden Learning Puzzle • Amazon Business $19.20 1 $19.20
Montessori Imbucare Box with Triangle Prism • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Coogam Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Set, 6 Pack Animal Shape Color Montessori Toy, Fine Motor Skill Early Learning Preschool Educational Gift Game for 2 3 4 5 Years Old Kid Toddler • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Funny Faces Puzzles for Kids | Picnmix Board Game for Toddlers 3 Years and Up. Educational Preschool Learning Toy. Fine Motor Skills Toy for Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Montessori Discs on Horizontal Dowel • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
LEADER JOY Montessori Materials Cubes on Vertical Dowel Toddler Preschool Toy • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
GEMEM Wooden Preschool Toddler Toys for 1 2 3 4 5 Year Old Boys Girls Educational Shape Color Recognition Geometric Board Blocks Chunky Puzzle • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
B. toys – Poppitoppy – Ball Popper Toy Tumble Top – Spinning Toys for Toddlers 1 Year + • Amazon Business $13.17 1 $13.17
Melissa & Doug Children's Book - Poke-A-Dot: An Alphabet Eye Spy (Board Book with Buttons To Pop) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Oball Go Grippers John Deere Construction Crusiers Trailer Set Push Vehicles, Tough Ol' Trio • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Melissa & Doug Children's Book - Poke-A-Dot: Dinosaurs A To Z (Board Book with Buttons To Pop) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Melissa & Doug Children's Book - Poke-A-Dot: Goodnight, Animals (Board Book with Buttons To Pop) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
11 inch Soft Body Doll in Gift Box - 11" Baby Doll (Caucasian) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
11 inch Soft Body Doll in Gift Box - Award Winner & Toy 11" Baby Doll (Hispanic) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Melissa & Doug Children's Book - Poke-A-Dot: The Wheels On The Bus Wild Safari (Board Book with Buttons To Pop) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
B. toys - B. Whacky Ball Lb-A-Ball - Learning Toy For Toddlers (Includes Hammer + 4 Balls) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Hape Color and Shape Wooden Block Sorter • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58

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