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Mrs. Kalma from Porter Ranch CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Secret Stories and Beyond

Help me give my students "The Secret Stories" portable phonics posters and reference boards, dry erase boards and markers, and fidget bands and manipulatives.

  • $397 goal

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My Students

I am a kindergarten teacher who teaches 22 curious, enthusiastic students. My students represent a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. My school gets very little funding from the district, and almost everything for our classroom is funded by kind parents, generous donors, and me.

My amazing students love learning!

They enjoy participating in science, math, writing, reading, engineering, and art activities because they have fun and feel successful. When activities are engaging, hands-on, and meaningful, my students get captivated in learning and everybody wins.

My Project

In my classroom, I already use the multisensory Secret Stories to help my students understand many of the phonics rules. This program uses brain-based learning strategies, such as telling stories, to activate the students' brains and explain why the letters make certain sounds when they are together. Since these posters take up a lot of space in my classroom, I want to get the portable phonics posters and Porta-pics reference boards so students can reference them easier without taking up as much room on the wall.

Stimulating my students' brains is critical in making the curriculum engaging and meaningful.

The fidget bands, sensory tools, and manipulatives will help do this as well. Through pulling, squeezing, and twisting these tools, my students will be able to better maintain their focus and attention in a safe, controlled way.

The dry erase boards, erasers, and markers will be perfect tools for my students to keep inside their desks. Since the whiteboards are also clipboards, they will provide my students with hard writing surfaces for when they are in small groups or working around the room. All of these supplies will help my students continue to grow and progress.

Mrs. Kalma
Grades PreK-2

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Phonics Porta-Pics Class Pack of 25 • The Secret Stories $65.00 1 $65.00
“Space Saver” Phonics Posters/ Manipulative Placards Set for ‘All-Over’ Classroom Use • The Secret Stories $62.50 1 $62.50
Dry Erase Clipboard + Pen Holder + Markers (30pc) Set of 30 Clip Boards Multi Pack with Whiteboard Pens! 12.5 x 9 Inch, Holds 100 Sheets! Clipboards with Low Profile Clip Board Clips • Amazon Business $46.95 1 $46.95
Fidget Bands for Classroom Chairs School Desks, Chair Bands for Kids with Fidgety Feet Students with Autism, ADHD, ADD Sensory Needs (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $24.98 1 $24.98
Abilitations 089661 Hi-Write Beginner Paper, Level 1, Pack of 100 • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Dry Erase Erasers, 40 Pack Magnetic Whiteboard Dry Erasers Chalkboard Cleaner Wiper for Classroom Home Office, 4 Assorted Colors(Blue, Red, Green, Yellow) by EAONE • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Mr. Sketch Chiseled Tip Marker (2054594) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Bundle Sensory Fidget Toys Set-Liquid Motion Timer/Grape Ball/Soft Egg Slime/Flippy Chain/Stretchy String/Ultralight clay/Mesh & Marble Toy/Soybeans Squeeze/Mochi Squishy,Stretch Toys Children/Adult • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
ENTHUR Stretchy String Fidget Sensory Toys Build Resistance Squeeze Pull - Good for Kids with ADD, ADHD or Autism, and Adults to Strengthen Arms 12 Pack (BPA/Phthalate/Latex-Free) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39

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