My students enter first grade with much excitement and enthusiasm. Over 75% of them are English language learners from low-income families, and 100% of students receive free and reduced-price lunches. Their parents have the highest expectations for their children to excel in school and encourage them to do well, but many lack the time or skills to personally help them academically. Many students struggle with school because they are also learning to speak English. Others have special needs that make learning more challenging. Because of their backgrounds, many struggle and come to school unprepared.
As their teacher, I must find strategies to motivate them to do their best so they can thrive and succeed.
First grade can be quite challenging as the students must learn concepts from all subject areas including reading, writing, and math. I try my best to ensure each and every one progresses and ultimately masters all first grade concepts while at the same time infusing the curriculum with fun activities!
My classroom needs plastic sheeting and locks to secure items during winter and spring breaks and during the summer. The plastic will be used to cover the book shelves and countertops in my room. The locks will be used to secure the doors to the cabinets in my room. Our school is used by various community groups during "out of school" time with the outside doors left open. Often times, when I come back from the breaks, many of my things are missing.
Being able to lock cabinets and cover valuable resources such as math manipulatives and the class library, will help in keeping our things safe.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness in helping my students. With your support the students will continue to have access to the materials they need to succeed!
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