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Mrs. Coffman from Norman OK is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The RIGHT Tools for handWRITING!

Help me give my students the right materials to develop good handwriting habits including a quality sharpener and special pencils & pencil grips

  • $288 goal

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My Students

My first grade students are enthusiastic to come to school and learn. First grade is a year full of growth. It is exciting and fulfilling to work with children as they become readers, writers, mathematicians and so much more! The children in my classroom are from a variety of backgrounds including high income and low income, English and Spanish speaking, and ethnically diverse. Some children have two parents in the home, some have only one parent in their home and some are raised by grandparents or guardians. They come to school full of energy and wonder.

My Project

Writing is a constant activity in first grade. We write in every subject and need to have well developed handwriting habits.

This project will provide tools to help children develop the correct grip, have well sharpened pencils, a place to keep their pencils, and a good resource to model proper handwriting.

An electric pencil sharpener means sharpened pencils will be at the ready at all times. First graders push hard when they write and so they break their pencils frequently. Having a quality sharpener means I can easily sharpen pencils quickly. Pencil grips can help kids develop that proper grasp of the pencil. Developing the proper grasp is a task that first grade teachers focus on quite a bit in first grade. It is easier to help them develop the proper grip rather than later correcting an improper grip. Proper grips keep the children from getting too fatigued too quickly. Having a wide variety and assortment means I can trade them out when one grip doesn't quite work for a specific student as well as make it possible to have enough for when I need to sanitize them periodically.

For some students, a special pencil like the "rocket" pencil forces them to adapt to holding the pencil correctly regardless of their already established habit.

Mrs. Coffman
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 22 students.

3 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
X-ACTO High Volume Commercial Electric Pencil Sharpener, Model 41, Beige • Amazon Business $61.50 1 $61.50
3 Ring Pencil Pouch, 12 Pack, with Mesh Window, 2 Compartments, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $15.97 2 $31.94
Pencil Grips, JARLINK Pencil Grips for Kids Handwriting Aid Grip Trainer Posture Correction Finger Grip for Kids, Adults, Arthritis Designed for Righties or Lefties (6PCS) • Amazon Business $9.79 2 $19.58
The Pencil Grip Mini Pencil Grips 50 Pack, Assorted Bright Colors (TPG-17550) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Carson Dellosa Traditional Manuscript Nameplates (119026), 30 Count • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Pencil Case Pencil Pouch Zipper with 3 Ring and Double Pocket and Mesh Window(Colorful,6 Pack) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Pencil Grip Writing CLAW for Pencils and Utensils, Medium Size, 6 Count Blue/Red (TPG-21206) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
The Pencil Grip Crossover Grip Ergonomic Writing Aid for Righties and Lefties, 6 Count Metallic Colors (TPG-17706) • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
JuneLsy Pencil Grips for Kids Handwriting Silicone Pencil Grip Posture Correction Training Writing AIDS for Kids Adults Students Special Needs Assorted Colors (10PCS) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
PenAgain Twist 'N Write Pencil Kids Learning Writing Assorted Colors 4 Count (00071) • Amazon Business $7.75 1 $7.75
The Classics 12-Pack Triangle Pencil Grips, Assorted Bright Colors, 1.75-Inch Long (TPG-16212) • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04

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