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Ms. Kafka from Chicago IL is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Two roomy benches that will allow my students to curl up with a good book

The cost of literacy bench for this proposal is $297, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I would appreciate the opportunity and luxury for my students to be able to enjoy listening to a good book on tape in a comfortable and appealing environment. Currently, my kindergarten students are sitting on a carpet while they listen to a book on tape. This is a small group center activity (which six students are assigned to go). This poses several problems because my six students start to squirm, they do not enjoy or comprehend the story that they are reading because they are focusing on becoming comfortable, and some of them are focusing on who's in their spot. I am currently a kindergarten teacher at a Chicago Public School on the South Side of Chicago. I teach thirty-five kindergarten students in a half-day kindergarten program. The socioeconomics of our school last year-04/05 showed 84.2% as low-income families with a diverse population with one major ethnic population that was Hispanic and still is this year. The reason I chose the Kaplan Listen and Learn Bench was because it will benefit all of my students, encourage literacy, improve listening skills, and is spacious. This literacy bench will allow four to six students sitting comfortably while enjoying a good book to read. Plus it is easy to move about and is designed to meet the ever-changing storage needs of an active classroom. This luxury costs: $199.99 and in my opinion, is well worth the cost because when my students see this item in our classroom not only will they be delighted, they will be able to use it everyday when they finish an assignment during free choice and during that assigned center time, they will be overcome with joy and enthusiasm which is priceless. The reason I want this literacy bench is because I would like to utilize my listening center everyday in my kindergarten classroom. Like I stated earlier, my students are not eager to go and sit on the carpet huddle together while listening to a book on tape. This center activity focuses on improving reading, encourages fluency and comprehension. This will be a wonderful, comfortable, and inviting experience for them. Also, my students will learn through their senses-Sight, sound, and texture, which are all needed to stimulate their brain development. In conclusion, by donating this literacy bench for my classroom you have the ability to fulfill my dream with providing my classroom with an experience for the love of books for a lifetime, you can provide my students with the opportunity to enjoy a cozy spot while they listen to a book on tape, you can spark an interest when it is time for my 35 students to participate in the listening center activities, and overall improve my listening and literacy skills in my students. My students do not have the luxury at school or at home like Kindergarten students from other neighborhoods. I would like to provide this luxury for my students because they deserve to have nice things too. I really appreciate your time and consideration with this donation.

Ms. Kafka
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Kaplan Listen & Learn Bench/Kaplan Early Learning Company 2005 Catalog • Kaplan Early Learning Company $199.95 1 $199.95

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