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The Covid-19 pandemic has affected how I approach teaching in my classroom in many ways. One specific way is that it has limited the opportunities and experiences that typical families help to foster the love of reading in their children. Families didn’t get to expose their children as they normally would have had we not been in a pandemic. So I have put pressure on myself to help my student’s families foster a love of reading. In previous years, many of my students would have attended daycare or Pre-Kindergarten, but due to the pandemic, that is not true this year. My class consists of 18 eager to learn kindergarten students in a Title I school district. Due to COVID, many students were unable to attend Headstart or Pre-Kindergarten last year, and as a result, were unable to be exposed to high quality literacy instruction. My 18 kindergarteners have been working hard to learn the fundamentals of reading and math. Despite being sheltered most of their lives during a pandemic and not getting the normalcy that previous students have had, they impress me and continue to grow and learn. Keeping that in mind, I have noticed the drop in scores on their assessments when comparing to pre-pandemic scores. My previous classes were often students who had attended Headstart or Pre-Kindergarten and came with more background knowledge and confidence when it comes to reading and math. This grant would provide me with materials that would help close this gap. It would give my students fun activities that are hands-on. These materials would meet my students where they are academically. When children have the opportunity to have materials, especially fun and engaging materials, it gives them a sense of ingenuity over what they are learning. This helps them fall in love with learning.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has affected how I approach teaching in my classroom in many ways. One specific way is that it has limited the opportunities and experiences that typical families help to foster the love of reading in their children. Families didn’t get to expose their children as they normally would have had we not been in a pandemic. So I have put pressure on myself to help my student’s families foster a love of reading. In previous years, many of my students would have attended daycare or Pre-Kindergarten, but due to the pandemic, that is not true this year. My class consists of 18 eager to learn kindergarten students in a Title I school district. Due to COVID, many students were unable to attend Headstart or Pre-Kindergarten last year, and as a result, were unable to be exposed to high quality literacy instruction. My 18 kindergarteners have been working hard to learn the fundamentals of reading and math. Despite being sheltered most of their lives during a pandemic and not getting the normalcy that previous students have had, they impress me and continue to grow and learn. Keeping that in mind, I have noticed the drop in scores on their assessments when comparing to pre-pandemic scores. My previous classes were often students who had attended Headstart or Pre-Kindergarten and came with more background knowledge and confidence when it comes to reading and math. This grant would provide me with materials that would help close this gap. It would give my students fun activities that are hands-on. These materials would meet my students where they are academically. When children have the opportunity to have materials, especially fun and engaging materials, it gives them a sense of ingenuity over what they are learning. This helps them fall in love with learning.

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