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Mrs. Zadrozny Zelaya from Pleasant Hill CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Therapy for Kids: Awareness, Creativity, Growth

My students need structured and unstructured games. Each student has a strength; we work together to find these strengths. WE need LEGO, books and more.

  • $571 goal

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My Students

All of the students I work with have some learning or emotional disability. We work in a one on one setting or small group setting (no more than 6 students) learning to cope with mental/emotional barriers in order to be successful in school. My students learn mindfulness and calming strategies for frustration. I use cognitive behavior therapy in order to bring change into students' lives.

I see a change in student behavior and emotional states in only about a year of working with them.

Many of my students have overcome their anxiety over failures or have managed to control their anger at school. My goal is not to eliminate anxiety or anger but to learn to work through it. Everyone, especially children, have a right to feel what they want, but these feelings should not limit their ability to learn and grow.

My Project

The materials I'm requesting will help my students during therapy sessions. Many of my younger students suffer from anxiety, depression, and anger. Most elementary school students cannot convey these feelings very well. The putty and fidgets I'm requesting will help sooth many of my students during episodes of anxiety.

Many of my students focus on only the negative; these items will help them identify their strengths and encourage great ideas.

Through play therapy they are able to express themselves and work through difficulty situations.

Structured games like Mindfulness Matters, Cards for Calm, and Mad Dragon will help my students identify feelings and learn new coping strategies. The Legos, coloring books, and Etch A Sketch will be used when talking about difficult subjects such as bullying, death, and fear. My goal is to help each of my students learn to cope with difficult situations. I greatly appreciate all the support to make this happen. Thank you!

Mrs. Zadrozny Zelaya
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $47.99 1 $47.99
10 NEW LEGO MINIFIG PEOPLE LOT random grab bag of minifigure guys city town set • Amazon Business $21.33 2 $42.66
Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game • Amazon Business $19.95 2 $39.90
Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
My Moods, My Choices (TM) Flipbook for Kids | 20 Different Moods/Emotions | Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices | Great for all Kids including those with Autism and ADHD (Small) • Amazon Business $16.49 2 $32.98
Aurora World Miyoni Lying Husky Plush • Amazon Business $15.25 2 $30.50
Etch A Sketch - Classic - Red • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Angry Octopus Color Me Happy, Color Me Calm • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
Magnetic Personalities - Original Wooly Willy • Amazon Business $3.79 6 $22.74
Sensory Fidget Toys Bundle(16 Pack)-Mochi Animals Squishy Toys-Liquid Motion/DNA Squeeze balls/Stress Relief Hand Toys for Adults and Kids,Perfect For ADD/ADHD Autism & More • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Cards for Calm: A game of mindfulness to combat anxiety and negative thinking • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Silly Putty Eggs Party Pack 5 ct. • Amazon Business $9.65 2 $19.30
David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety • Amazon Business $9.22 2 $18.44
CLOURF Classic Building Baseplates 10" x 10" in Variety Color - Compatible with all Major Brands (1 Green + 1 Gray + 1 Blue + 1 Yellow) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Alexander Y El Día Terrible, Horrible, Espantoso, Horroroso (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63

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