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Ms. Beth from Danbury CT is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Use Your Senses!

Help me give my students sensory materials for calming, focus, and kinesthetic learning styles.

  • $653 goal

This project expired on March 16, 2019.

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My Students

My students are mostly three and four years of age. We are a public preschool classroom in a rapidly growing district that provides children with special needs a place to learn from peer role models, Special Education teachers and tutors, and Speech, Physical, and Occupational therapists. About half of my students are dual language learners, many of them are being raised in single parent households, and many are eligible for free or reduced breakfast or lunch based on their socioeconomic status.

As a program with a limited budget that provides services and support to children with diverse needs, there are many things we 'make do' without but that we could really use!

Luckily, friends and others have donated many things, but the students would really benefit from some special sensory toys and materials that would allow them to learn, stay calm, and focus.

My Project

This project will provide my students materials and resources that will allow them to learn with their senses and support their diverse sensory needs. The classroom lighting covers will filter out harsh glare from florescent bulbs to create a more relaxing, welcoming environment. Some of the things, such as the hand fidgets, weighted lap pads, or seating pads, will allow them to focus on instruction during large group lessons while their bodies get sensory input, lessening internal distractions.

Other materials, such as the molding sand and sensory dough, will be therapeutic and calming for some students and will motivate them to build, share, and play near their peers.

As we begin to learn more about letters and letter formation, the ABC cards and construction products will add a tactile sense to support different learning styles. The bean bags and egg shakers will add another dimension and sensory input, both from weight and sound, to our music and movement activities.

Ms. Beth
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DS430X - Mad Mattr® Sensory Dough - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $76.99 1 $76.99
FILTERS CLASSROOM MOOD WHISPER WHITE - SET OF 4 • School Specialty $30.31 2 $60.62
SHAPE IT! SAND REFILL 20 LBS WHITE • School Specialty $56.79 1 $56.79
EG648 - Egg Shakers - Set of 12 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 2 $39.98
CUSHION COREDISK BLUE • School Specialty $36.91 1 $36.91
FIDGET STRETCHY PETS SET OF 2 • School Specialty $33.15 1 $33.15
LAP PAD SMALL GREEN • School Specialty $33.15 1 $33.15
FIDGET - WEIGHTED PUSHPATHZ SET OF 5 • School Specialty $24.63 1 $24.63
BEAN BAG 5 CLOTH - SET OF 12 • School Specialty $10.29 2 $20.58
LC743 - Build the Letter Activity Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
KIT HI-WRITE TRACING DESIGNS 20 SHTS • School Specialty $15.12 1 $15.12
WIKKI STIX ALPHABET CARDS - SET • School Specialty $12.28 1 $12.28
CARDS TACTILE LOWER CASE - SET OF 26 • School Specialty $12.28 1 $12.28
CARDS TACTILE UPPER CASE - SET OF 26 • School Specialty $12.28 1 $12.28

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