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As a new teacher, the books in my classroom are mostly hand-me-downs. I have only one container of new books, and am constantly having to borrow books from other teachers or play read-alouds online. This does not serve our kids well. I do not just want to grow my supply, the quality has to be there too. I have read that young kids read books in school that reflect the diverse groups of people in their world, then they can learn to respect their own cultural groups and those of others. Children's books should be a mirror to all children, so they need to see characters who look like them! Books are also a window to the world around these readers as each must show people from diverse groups playing and working together, solving problems and overcoming challenges. Multicultural books help kids understand our differences while showing that all people share dreams and similar feelings such as love, sadness, fear, and the desire for fairness and justice. That is why I have included the need for multicultural books and social-emotional learning books. We need to be having explicit conversations with kids at this age about interracial friendship because it can dramatically improve racial attitudes in as little as a single week. I have been doing this, but they deserve for it to be leveled up! My school does not have a social studies curriculum, but I went to the Get Your Teach On conference and got to hear content creator, LaNesha Tabb walk through her curriculum and share the importance of quality social studies in the lives of these young kids. I am hoping to purchase this curriculum as well. Teaching social studies all year round will make a profound impact on the lives of our children.

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As a new teacher, the books in my classroom are mostly hand-me-downs. I have only one container of new books, and am constantly having to borrow books from other teachers or play read-alouds online. This does not serve our kids well. I do not just want to grow my supply, the quality has to be there too. I have read that young kids read books in school that reflect the diverse groups of people in their world, then they can learn to respect their own cultural groups and those of others. Children's books should be a mirror to all children, so they need to see characters who look like them! Books are also a window to the world around these readers as each must show people from diverse groups playing and working together, solving problems and overcoming challenges. Multicultural books help kids understand our differences while showing that all people share dreams and similar feelings such as love, sadness, fear, and the desire for fairness and justice. That is why I have included the need for multicultural books and social-emotional learning books. We need to be having explicit conversations with kids at this age about interracial friendship because it can dramatically improve racial attitudes in as little as a single week. I have been doing this, but they deserve for it to be leveled up! My school does not have a social studies curriculum, but I went to the Get Your Teach On conference and got to hear content creator, LaNesha Tabb walk through her curriculum and share the importance of quality social studies in the lives of these young kids. I am hoping to purchase this curriculum as well. Teaching social studies all year round will make a profound impact on the lives of our children.

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