My students need books, activities, pocket charts, bean bag chairs and other essentials to make their reader's workshop a success.
As a child, I was an avid reader. Any time I went missing, my mother usually find me with my nose stuck in a book. Many of my students do not have that opportunity to experience the wonder of reading.
My students have limited experiences outside the classroom.
They do not have to same opportunities I had as a child. Many of the homes they come from are single parent, or grandparent, homes and the parents are busy working to support their families. They do not have funds available to buy books for them to read at home. Majority of their reading is done at school, and much of that is selected from curriculum texts because of the limited funds available to purchase high interest books for a classroom library.
Many of my students don't like to read because they say "its boring" or "its too hard." I want to prove them wrong. I want to show them the beauty of exploring the whole world without ever leaving the comfort of their bean bag. I want to create a place for my students to feel safe to make mistakes in their reading, but to learn from them. I am requesting not only books of all levels and genres, but also games and activities that can help those struggling readers that are missing those fundamental skills of reading. I want all of my students to grow as readers, whether its learning word blends and sounds so they can read on their own or finally being able to crack open that chapter book for the first time. Environment is important. Right now, my students are sitting on the cold, hard floor. I want to provide them with an environment that is welcoming, safe, and comfortable where they feel as though they can make mistakes, but learn from them.
With these resources, my students will not only learn the various strategies, but have the chance to use them often.
All children need the vital skill of reading. No matter what career path they may choose as they grow, they will need the essential skill of reading. In order for them to be willing to read, they need a variety of books to choose from and the inviting environment in which to sit and enjoy discovering new knowledge without ever leaving the classroom.
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