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  • $838 goal

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Mrs. Saurage
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 16 donors
  • $0 still needed

Thinking as a Hobby, Not a Headache

My students need weekly resources such as magazines to promote thinking and problem solving skills. Fidget items and games such as squishy balls and puzzles will be used to investigate, test, and find solutions for new inquiries.

My Students

Imagine a day when every child loves to think, reason, and problem solve; When thinking becomes a hobby rather than a headache or a struggle; When creative thinking and reasoning become second nature rather than a forced action. With your donation, this impossible today becomes a certainty tomorrow.

My students are first graders, in an "A" school with a diverse population.

23 students, in a self contained class will be served through this designed project. My students range from 5 to 7 years old. There are 7 boys and 16 girls. My students' academic and developmental levels range from low performing first grade to high 2nd grade level, one who participates in our school's talented and gifted program, and 3 who are on the edge of talented and gifted. They particularly enjoy hands-on learning, and any assignment that allows them to use their imagination and spark their creative intuition. Our school is located in a rural setting. The majority of our students are from working class families. Because of this, our school does not receive additional funds like other schools. Therefore, we must rely on fundraisers or grants to support our technology and classroom needs.

My Project

Our current movement in education places major emphasis on skills to reason and think critically. These skills are crucial to competence for college and career readiness. The informational text and problem solving/exploration resources will allow students to use their minds, hands, and creativity to read, write, talk, and fidget through new learning investigations and experiences that will transform their thinking and reasoning skills needed for the 21st century. Students will face daily challenges, growing their developing minds into critical thinkers and enhance speaking/listening skills: Project resources will provide for Magazine Monday, Tune in Tuesday, Wonders of Wednesday, Think Outside the Box Thursday, and Fidget with it Friday; Requiring students to read text for new learning about the world, analyze poetry, self-question and research wonders of the world from "close" readings, transform given objects into new objects and express reasoning and findings through explorations.

"Thinking as a Hobby, not a Headache" requires activities which will provide materials directly in each child's hands to read, reason, explore, fidget and create in avenues that will enhance their learning across the curriculum, increase problem solving, embed reasoning skills and prepare them for real life situations.

To fully execute the potentials of this project, we need your help. Ensure your future, by impacting the kids of the future, with taking action today! Donate please, Thanks!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Scholastic News, Grade 1 + Science Spin (min. 10 subscriptions per order) • Scholastic Classroom Magazines $5.48 23 $126.04
TIME For Kids - Grades K-1 • Time for Kids $3.98 23 $91.54
Pull and Stretch Bounce Ball - 12 Pc Stretchy Bouncy Balls • Amazon $19.00 4 $76.00
MINI MESH SQUISHY BALLS (2 DOZEN) - BULK • Amazon $17.99 2 $35.98
4 .75 inch Bowling Water Handheld Game, Mini Games (12 Pack) • Amazon $8.70 4 $34.80
Zoo Animal Water Games (1 dz) • Amazon $14.90 2 $29.80
400 Pieces Creative BUILDING TOY Developmental Geometric Connecting Shapes Preschool Motor Skills Teachers Aid Educational/OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY • Amazon $19.99 1 $19.99
Mind Teaser Puzzle 1.5 inch (2 Dozen) • Amazon $18.99 1 $18.99
12 Plastic Transparent Prisms • Amazon $4.71 4 $18.84
Classic Balloon Racers pack of 12 • Amazon $6.99 2 $13.98
Plastic Dragonfly Assortment (1 dz) • Amazon $3.48 4 $13.92
Mini Rainbow Coil Springs (1 dz) • Amazon $6.88 2 $13.76
STRETCHABLE SNAKES (1 DOZEN) - BULK • Amazon $6.74 2 $13.48
Jumping Frogs - 12 per order • Amazon $5.99 2 $11.98
12 Pull Back Racer Cars • Amazon $5.86 2 $11.72
Large Marbleized Poppers (1 dz) [Toy] • Amazon $5.24 2 $10.48
Mini Grabber Arms - 12 per unit • Amazon $4.81 2 $9.62
Rhode Island Novelty Foam Rocket Launcher Sets • Amazon $4.78 2 $9.56
Party Favors 12/Pkg-Smile Maze Puzzles • Amazon $4.69 2 $9.38
Plastic Neon Spin Tops With Glitter (4 DOZEN) - BULK • Amazon $8.53 1 $8.53
Vinyl Paratroopers Assortment (6 dz) • Amazon $8.29 1 $8.29
Vinyl Glitter Sticky Hands 1 1/4" (6 dz) • Amazon $7.88 1 $7.88
Stretchable Flying Frogs (1 dz) • Amazon $3.75 2 $7.50
Pirate Prism Kaleidoscopes • Amazon $2.59 2 $5.18

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