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Ms. Moeckel from San Jose CA is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Learn Language Through Play

My students need four sets of blocks, Magna-tiles, traffic signs, roadways, and block people for their block area in their preschool. These blocks will help them learn language.

  • $555 goal

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My Students

Although, there is never a typical day in a preschool classroom for students with Autism, my students enjoy learning like their typical peers, they just need a little extra help. As their teacher I strive to provide materials for my students that engage all of their senses in the learning process.

The students I work with have an educational diagnosis of Autism.

So they need a special classroom, with specific materials that are easy for them to access and manipulate. So when learning about community helpers, they need a block area filled with different kinds of blocks to build and create with. Due to my students age and special needs, they learn best with materials that catch their interest, and maintain it for an extended period of play. As students with special needs if I instructed them by saying, " sit at your desk, pay attention," and then handed them a worksheet about community helpers, well they would probably just run away. The public elementary school I work at is a diverse school and my goal is to create reverse mainstreaming opportunities in my classroom so all students at my school will benefit from these materials.

My Project

My students IEP goals can be targeted with these materials. Most importantly, my students will learn language and social skills with these materials. As their teacher, I also plan to coach older students utilizing a peer buddy program to target theses skills. The peer buddies will be coached to model appropriate language and socials skills through play. By building cities and learning about community helpers the students are learning about their home environment as well, which helps them to generalize the skills across settings. By teaching learning through play, rather then a worksheet, all of my students will be able to access the materials.

I believe my job, as a teacher, is to improve the lives of my students by developing the skills they need to fully participate in school, and in their community.

My first job as a their teacher is to create a school learning environment that is fun and engaging. My students need to want to be in my classroom, and then teaching them is the fun part. By teaching my students language and social skills their lives improve because they can access the things they need, and that makes them happy.

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Ms. Moeckel
Grades PreK-2
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
GB619 - Giant Soft Building Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.00 1 $129.00
FF764 - Connect & Build Roadway • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
RR794 - Soft & Safe Building Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
DG546 - Magna-Tiles® - Starter Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
DB416 - Rainbow Design Blocks • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
RJ10 - Block Play Traffic Signs • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
RR637 - Lakeshore Community Block Play People • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99

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