We are a school in Richmond, CA that consists of predominantly low-income students from working class families. I have taught kindergarten in Richmond for 5 years in the hopes of supporting students in building a strong educational foundation to set them up for future academic success. This year, I noticed that many of my incoming kindergartners had very little print awareness, and a significant number had difficulty knowing how to handle and use a book.
My students deserve access to a print rich environment that will foster an interest in literature and a love for reading.
With your support, we will be able to provide students with this stepping stone toward literary success.
While I have been fortunate enough to have received some book donations, my Big Book library is in need of expansion. Kindergartners love big books for many reasons. They're large enough for the whole class to see without straining, they're fun to read, and they are almost the same size of some of my students! Big books also provide a large visual when learning print concepts that help students develop print awareness.
Print awareness, the "understanding of the nature and uses of print," is IMPERATIVE for students to become successful readers and for them to develop a love for reading.
Before children learn to read, they must first know how books work.
With some guidance, they've gotten to the stage of pre-reading where they can hold a book and turn pages, but I would like to continue to develop these fundamental skills, as well as nurture a love for literature and reading.
Your support will have BIG impact on my little learners.
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