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Mrs. Garza from Austin TX is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Sensory Classroom: A Student's Journey to Independence

Help me give my students the tools they need to develop their fine motor and sensory processing skills through hands on activities. Items like the Busy Board and Sensory Buckle Pillow will help them move toward independence.

  • $459 goal

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My Students

I teach a Life Skills Special Education classroom at an elementary school in Austin, TX. What is a Life Skills classroom? Well, my students are learning daily life skills. Things that most of us do without thinking each day. My students are working on executing everyday functional tasks like bathroom and classroom routines/procedures, developing social skills, increasing communication, working on self-regulation, following directions, making effective decisions, etc. A strong focus in this program is also on functional academics in Reading and Math. Students that fall into this program are performing three or more grade levels under their same-aged peers in academics and adaptive skills.

And although they need quite a bit of help on a day-to-day basis, my students are go getters!

They always try their absolute best and don't give up. They are an amazing group of kids and I'm proud to be their teacher. They come to school ready to learn each day with smiles on their faces. My students often seek the acceptance of others (like any other kid does). They want to be included and be able to do everything their same-aged peers can do. They just need a little extra help.

My Project

Building effective sensory processing skills are important, because it affects self-regulation, attention, skill mastery, and behavior. Children that have an efficient processing system are able to attend to instruction which helps them succeed academically. Students that have sensory processing difficulties have a hard time retaining information, demonstrate problematic behavior, and have poor social skills.

Many of my students lack sensory processing skills that significantly affect their overall functioning in their environment.

The materials I've chosen for this project will help my students develop these skills and lead them on the path toward independence. The sensory processing system is the foundation to many other skills. My students will develop fine and gross motor abilities, learn to regulate their emotions/behavior, increase their attention, and build on their social and communication skills.

I provide a structured learning environment for all my students. They have very high needs in almost every area of their lives (if not all). Fulfilling this project will give me the tools I need to help my students be successful. Help me guide them on their journey to independence.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Busy Board - Busy Board for Toddlers - Sensory Board - Busy Board for Kids - Activity Board for Toddlers - Locks and latches Activity Board - Baby Activity Board - Boy and Girl 12-18 Month • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
Kick Bands Chair Fidget Bands for Kids with Fidgety Feet - School & Classroom Chairs - Flexible Seating Rubber Band ADHD Sensory Fidgets - Kickbands by Solace (10-Pack) • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
JaxoJoy Foam Building Blocks for Kids– 108 Piece EVA Foam Blocks Gift Playset for Toddlers Includes Large, Soft, Stackable Blocks in Variety of Colors, Shapes & Sizes – Recommended Ages 3+. • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Patterned Stacking Peg Board Set Toy | Montessori Occupational Therapy Early Learning For Fine Motor Skills, Ideal for Toddlers and Preschooler, Includes 36 Plastic Pegs & 2 Boards, 4 Sides | Storage • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Educational Insights Teachable Touchables Texture Squares • Amazon Business $18.49 1 $18.49
Kinetic Sand, Sandtastic Playset with 2lbs of Kinetic Sand and 10 Tools and Molds, for Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
AMOSTING Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard Early Learning Educational Toys for Boys & Girls • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
Bristle Blocks by Battat – The Official Bristle Blocks – 112Piece – Creativity Building Toys Dexterity Fine Motricity – Bpa Free 2 Years + • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
Basic Fun Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic Toy • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Sensory4u Buckle Toy Pillow Fine Motor Development Activity Plus Threading Counting and Zipper Skills All in One • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
FlintRehab Premium Quality Therapy Putty (4 Pack, 3-oz Each) for Hand Exercise Rehab. Fidgeting, and Stress Relief • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
21 Pack Sensory Fidget Toys Set Liquid Motion Timer/Grape Ball/Flippy Chain/Stretchy String/Squeeze-a-Bean Soybeans/Slime/Mesh & Marble/Mochi Squishy for ADHD Autism Stress Anxiety Relief Adult Kids • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Learning Resources Jumbo Tweezers, Sorting & Counting, Toddler Fine Motor Skill Development, Set Of 12 • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Miniland Pre-Writing Basic Patterns Stencils • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Fun Central 90 Pack - Underwater Deep Sea Animal Toy Figures - Assorted Pack • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
KINFAYV Water Beads - 70000 Beads 1 Scoop 2 Tweezers 1 Spoon, Soft Water Jelly Beads Motor Skills Toy Set,Non-Toxic Water Sensory Toy for Tactile Toys,Sensory Toys,Early Skill Development • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Silicone Spiky Sensory Toy Rings (4-Pack) Tactile Fidget Gadget - Quiet, Fidgeting and ADHD Support - Colorful, Stimulating Massage - Toddler, Youth Friendly Sensory Motor Aid • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Fidget Pop Tube Toys for Kids and Adults 6 Pack, Pipe Sensory Tools for Stress and Anxiety Relief, Cool Bendable Multi-Color Stimming Toys Great as Gift, Party Favors, and Prizes for Fidgeters • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set Toy, 4 Classic Pieces, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $8.60 1 $8.60
500-700 PCS Assorted Mixed Color Resin Buttons 2 and 4 Holes Round Craft for Sewing DIY Crafts Children's Manual Button Painting,DIY Handmade Ornament • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Play-Doh Foam Purple Single Can of Non-Toxic Modeling Foam for Kids 3 Years & Up • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Play-Doh Foam Red Single Can of Non-Toxic Modeling Foam for Kids 3 Years & Up • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Play-Doh Foam Yellow Single Can of Non-Toxic Modeling Foam for Kids 3 Years & Up • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$354.65

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.32

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$389.97

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$68.82

Total project goal

$458.79

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$458.79

2 Donors

-$454.38

Donations toward project cost

-$389.97

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$64.41

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.41

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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