Made with Moxie: and Perfect Pattern Parcel

March 14, 2014 and Perfect Pattern Parcel

We chose as our charity to support with Perfect Pattern Parcel for some very specific reasons. We wanted a charity that would have a direct and immediate impact. We wanted to not only help in the present, but also one that would develop a better future. is an online charity that allows teachers across America to post classroom projects on their site in the effort to get them funded. Donors on the website can choose which projects they would like to contribute to and you can donate as little or as much as you would like. It's crowd sourcing for teachers. I strongly encourage you to check it out.

Danny, Rachael and I are so thrilled to tell you that through your generosity, Parcel #1 has already generated over $1,200 for That's HUGE! We can't thank you enough. Pat yourselves on the back!

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Today I've invited an old school friend of Danny's, Natasha, to share with us her experiences as a teacher using Natasha has been teaching for 10 years. She teaches early childhood special education (3 to 5 years old) in Southern California.

Why did you first use Donor's Choose?
I heard about from a fellow teacher. Our schools are in really bad shape financially. We only get about $150 to pay for EVERYTHING the whole year. My students are too young to have text books, so all learning must be done with toys, manipulatives, and creative play furniture. Everything I had was used or damaged, and I didn't have many of the supplies and basic necessities needed to work with young students. My colleague had success with, so I decided to try it too.

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What was the first classroom project you funded with Donor's Choose?
The first project I had funded was a sand table, a sensory table, and sensory toys from Lakeshore Learning. We didn't have any sensory materials at the time and children with Autism REALLY need to practice with all sorts of tactile media.

What was the out come of that project with Donor's Choose? Were you fully funded?
I was fully funded thanks to generous donors and organizations. Due to getting that project funded, I was able to submit requests for additional projects.

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How did your classroom benefit from the Donor's Choose project?
I was able to create a sensory area that could change and evolve with the different classroom themes(Ex:use beans and seeds in the tables during our gardening unit, wet sand to make tracks with tires and cars during our transportation unit, make goop/snow/foam centers to practice touching wet/sticky textures). All these different activities helped desensitize the students I have with severe sensory issues and provided a fun place to go for everyone else.

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Have you funded other projects with Donor's Choose? Do you have a current project waiting to be funded?
My classroom has and continues to benefit from not only the first project I had funded, but from all the projects I've been able to fund over the past 6 years. We now have a sensory center, science materials, books, a listening center, art supplies, math and language activities, and so much more thanks to this wonderful organization.I almost always have a project up on the website. I currently have a project to get phonics materials that involve all of the senses to aid in learning. I cannot be more clear that I would have NONE of these items without this organization. I simply do not know what I would have done if I didn't have opportunities to ask for assistance from wonderfully generous people looking to help those in need. It has changed the lives of so many students, and has made me an inspired, energetic, and motivated teacher.

I can't thank you enough, Natasha, for sharing your experiences with us!

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**All these photos are of some of the things Natasha has funded through Cube chairs, rug, books,dramatic play furniture, fine motor toys, listening center materials, ipod & player,bean bag chairs, and a classroom camera!

Want to contribute to Natasha's classroom? Here is her current classroom project.

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