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Ms. Barbee from Charlotte NC is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Won't You Be My Neighbor! ( Discovering Community Helpers)

My students need the opportunity to visit a museum specificly designed for kids. Exposing them to arts and science where learning and language are everywhere is exciting!

  • $471 goal

This project expired on March 20, 2014.

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My Students

Our kids are busy learning skills every day! How fun is it looking for shells on the beach and you find them with letters on them in a sand table, or they work together to build a tower, or they can tell you about a story we read! Pre-k gives little minds excitement about learning and growing.

My class consists of a predominantly free and reduced lunch population in a high poverty urban neighborhood.

I teach a Pre-K class who are just starting their journeys for learning. This is also my school's first year with Pre-k. The principal recognized the need and benefits for early education. Most of my students do not have the experiences and opportunities other kids their age have. The kids come in at all different developmental levels and have many different needs. They are all fun to watch as each child gets excited about new things. Some have never been away from home and are working on personal and social skills needed to be successful as they continue their education journey. Some need extra time with pre-academics such as counting, letter recognition and increasing their vocabulary through new books, objects, and experiences. My class is also inclusive with one student with special needs. Parent involvement is very limited due to the lack of transportation and other obstacles.

My Project

Earlier in the year we had a week lesson on Community Helpers in our neighborhood and the different ways people help each other. Young children learn and retain concepts and ideas through all their senses. By going to Discovery Place Kids and being able to actively integrate in role playing in different community themed areas, the students will be able to recall things they did and new vocabulary they learned and used while there. The different areas will expose my class to different math, science, and arts concepts we can take back and learn and explore in our class art, science, math, writing, book, and music centers. One thing we will do is to take pictures of them in these different areas. We will then laminate and place them in the book center where they can retell about their experiences, and tell new stories about what they want to be when they grow up. We have a large ELL population and pictures are a fantastic way to help them label objects and speak in English.

When you were little, do you remember watching Mr. Roger's Neighborhood?

By going to Discovery Place Kids, the students in my classroom will be able to have a similar experience through their " I Can" community based theme areas. They will be able to use their imaginations and role play many community helpers such as a baker, firefighter, a veterinarian, bank tellers, architects, and other careers. This trip can be the life experience that sparks some of my students to their future careers.

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

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This project will reach 36 students.

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Activity Discovery Place Kids $180.00
Transportation Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools $184.25

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