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Ms. Kim from Los Angeles CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Using Our Hands to Help Us Understand!

My students need manipulatives such as letters to build their foundational phonics and reading skills.

  • $383 goal

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My Students

Our school is located in Los Angeles, California just a couple miles away from USC (go Trojans!) We are Title 1 School with about 90% of our students coming from low-income families. Almost all of our students are minority students and English Learners.

Room 3 has three very special students!

Room 3 is a K-2 classroom that currently has three 2nd grader boys and uses an alternative curriculum. The alternative curriculum is designed for students with moderate to severe disabilities who are not able to access the core general education curriculum without significant modifications. These special students are autistic; students with autism face challenges with social skills, nonverbal and verbal communication, and may exhibit challenging behaviors.

My goal is to give these students the hands-on, real-world, and enriching learning experiences they need and deserve in order to succeed in and outside of the classroom.

Our students come from different backgrounds, cultures, and have different likes/dislikes and needs but in Room 3, we are all learners. Each day opens us to new experiences and adventures. Our days together are never the same. Their learning differences and remarkable characteristic traits are exactly what make them so special.

My Project

Since the students are using an alternative curriculum, they benefit the most from using visual aids and hands-on materials. Hands-on learning promotes student engagement, comprehension, and gives students access to information. It gives them the ability to connect what they see and touch to what they are learning. I wish you could see how excited the students get when they use gummy bear counters while solving addition and subtraction problems!

These manipulatives and sensory activities will help my students be engaged in instructional tasks that help build their reading skills.

The individual letter blocks will aid their blending and segmenting skills; The sight word reading and writing activities will enforce those skills. The students will be able to see and combine individual sounds in order to build words. These are crucial skills that our early readers need in order to develop reading proficiency and phonemic awareness. Using manipulatives and sensory activities simultaneously works on their fine motor skills too which they need practice with. (Yay for multi-skill learning!)

As an educator, I strive to help students make connections and the materials in this project will aid that crucial process.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FF525 - Snap-Together Letter Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
TT682 - Learning Sight-Words Activity Chest • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
TT331 - Stack & Build Phonics Flip Books • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
RA417 - Lakeshore Word Building Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
TT194 - I Can Build Simple Words • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
PP949 - Positional Words Resource Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
LL239 - Word Building Magnetic Activity Tin • Lakeshore Learning Materials $26.99 1 $26.99

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