My students need a new rug to enjoy reading independently and with each other to build comprehension and fluency.
All too often children believe they are reading when they are just "word calling." The joy of comfortably reading a variety of genres for an extended period of time gives them the opportunity to enjoy constructing meaning and making powerful connections with literature.
Like most early learners, my students are excited about learning.
They still have that wide-eyed wonder that keeps the window of opportunity to teach them open. My students do not get the opportunity to visit the public library as frequently as they should. Many come to school without the benefit of early literacy exposure. I am delighted when I see them beginning to value books and reading. Because I see the pleasure it brings to them, I am delighted to bring them to the carpet for the many read alouds that give me the opportunity to model good reading attitudes and behaviors. Their opportunities to read throughout the school day are crucial. In this New York City school that serves both impoverished and working class children this support is so vital. As second graders, they must be given the opportunity to practice skills to make them permanent. They do that by reading to kindergarten children sometimes. They are proud of their opportunities to be the "teachers."
When our school opened eight years ago everything was new. It was delightful to come and sit on a bright blue carpet to enjoy literacy events. We are now going into our ninth year. Nothing stays new forever. Sometimes it grieves me to think about the amount of filth and germs the children are being subjected to when they sit on the carpet we are currently using. All too often this past year I had students who were distracted from literacy events because they were playing with the frayed edges. Other children were cautious enough to request permission to not even sit on the carpet. Literacy events are classroom community events. A new carpet would be part of what brings us together as a focused learning community that does not have to consider the health and distraction issues we face presently.
Although I am their teacher, I think like a mother and a grandmother.
I want the best for my students. I want for them what I would want for my family members. Creating an attractive learning environment is just as important as choosing a good curriculum and teaching methods. My students should want to be on the carpet. My students should not be distracted by the carpet. My students should be able to enjoy the same atmosphere as their more prosperous fellow learners.
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|LC161 - Navy Blue Rectangular Carpet - 6' x 9' • Lakeshore Learning||$229.00||1||$229.00|
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