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Mrs. Schaffner from Streator IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Training My ADHD Students To Be More Like Dragons

Help me give my students ADHD Focused books and tools to help them be more like the dragons in the storybooks.

  • $553 goal

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My Students

I am in my third year teaching special education. This is my second year teaching the CARES K-2nd grade program, which serves the highest need special education students in our district. Our students have a variety of disabilities that interfere with their education, such as autism, ADHD, and physical disabilities which requires specific teaching strategies that allow them to learn based on their strengths. That means teaching with things they can hold, manipulate, and play with. They also respond to fun, bright colors and things that attract their interest.

My Project

The students in my special education classroom all have different learning needs, but many of those needs co-exist with ADHD. On top of having unique learning needs, they also struggle with attention and focus.

As I was looking for resources to meet their needs, I came across a book series I had not heard of before; Steve Herman wrote a series of books that help children learn to control their behaviors and emotions through stories where they must teach their dragons these skills.

For my students, reading these books will help them learn these important skills without making them feel guilty about their behavior. After all, they are teaching their dragons, not themselves!

Because I am trying to meet the needs of my ADHD students, I also included several other books that will help my students learn behavior management, as well as some ADHD fidgit and sensory tools. The goal is increased behavior management, which results in increased learning.

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

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Busy Bands : Chair Bands for Kids with Fidgety Feet : Fidget Bands for School Classroom Chairs, Ideal for ADHD, Autism, Hyperactivity : Size: 20" x 2" x 3/64", Thick to Support Kicking (10) • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Jalousie 24 PCs Sensory Toy Fidget Stress Relief Toy for Adults and Kids - Conform to ASTM Toy Standard Value Bundle - Include Squeeze Balls Stretchy Strings Squishy Toy Puzzle Rubber Stringy Ball • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
A Dragon With His Mouth On Fire: Teach Your Dragon To Not Interrupt. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids Not To Interrupt or Talk Over People. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 10) • Amazon Business $17.90 1 $17.90
Vanely 4Pcs Slow Rising Jumbo Squishies Narwhale Cake,Uincorn Cake,Unicorn Donut,Rainbow Horse Set Cream Scented Soft Squeeze Novelty Toy Stress Relief Hop Props Sensory Toys • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Twiddle Mega Twiddle, Multi Purple • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Teach Your Dragon Manners: Train Your Dragon To Be Respectful. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Manners, Respect and How To Behave. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Dragon and The Bully: Teach Your Dragon How To Deal With The Bully. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Dealing with Bullying in Schools. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 5) • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Potty Train Your Dragon: How to Potty Train Your Dragon Who Is Scared to Poop. A Cute Children Story on How to Make Potty Training Fun and Easy. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Teach Your Dragon To Share: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids How To Share. A Cute Story To Help Children Understand Sharing and Teamwork. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Train Your Dragon To Follow Rules: Teach Your Dragon To NOT Get Away With Rules. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Understand The Importance of Following Rules. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 11) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Fix Your Dragon’s Attitude: Help Your Dragon To Adjust His Attitude. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Bad Attitude, Negative Behaviors, and Attitude Adjustment. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Train Your Dragon To Accept NO: Teach Your Dragon To Accept ‘No’ For An Answer. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Disagreement, Emotions and Anger Management (My Dragon Books) (Volume 7) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon To Understand Consequences: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Choices and Consequences. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids How ... Good Choices. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 14) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
A Dragon Christmas: Help Your Dragon Prepare for Christmas. A Cute Children Story To Celebrate The Most Special Day of The Year. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
The Mindful Dragon: A Dragon Book about Mindfulness. Teach Your Dragon To Be Mindful. A Cute Children Story to Teach Kids about Mindfulness, Focus and Peace. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon To Follow Instructions: Help Your Dragon Follow Directions. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids The Importance of Listening and Following Instructions. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon to Make Friends: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids How To Make New Friends. A Cute Children Story To Teach Children About Friendship and Social Skills. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 16) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
I Got This!: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids That They Can Handle Everything. A Cute Children Story to Give Children Confidence in Handling Difficult Situations. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 8) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Dragon To Love Himself: A Dragon Book To Give Children Positive Affirmations. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Love Who They Are. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 13) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Teach Your Dragon to Stop Lying: A Dragon Book To Teach Kids NOT to Lie. A Cute Children Story To Teach Children About Telling The Truth and Honesty. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 15) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Get Your Dragon To Try New Things: Help Your Dragon To Overcome Fears. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Embrace Change, Learn New Skills, Try ... Expand Their Comfort Zone. (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Train Your Angry Dragon: Teach Your Dragon To Be Patient. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids About Emotions and Anger Management. (Dragon Books for Kids) (My Dragon Books) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Mesh Squishy Ball (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $11.15 1 $11.15
Oliva Branch Sensory Fidget Toys, Fidget Cube, Sensory Toys, Stress Relieving and Focus Increasing Stretch Desk Toys for Kids/Adults (Pack of 14) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids: 60 Fun Activities to Help Children Self-Regulate, Focus, and Succeed • Amazon Business $9.86 1 $9.86
Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew Them • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $9.04 1 $9.04
Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer / Floating Marine Life Sea Creatures, Diamond Shaped Liquid Timer For Fidget Toy,Autism Toys , Children Activity, Calm Relaxing ,Penguin Desk Toys and Home Ornament  • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
WATINC Random 12 Pcs Cute Animal Squishy, Kawaii Mini Soft Squeeze Toy,Fidget Hand Toy for Kids Gift,Stress Relief,Decoration,12 Pack • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
WaterLuu Hand Fidget Pen Thinking Pen,Fidget Spinning Pen Stress Reducer High Speed - Spin Quietly - Toy Great Gift - Stress Reducer, (Blue) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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