My students are culturally and linguistically diverse and are socioeconomically diverse, but predominantly Title I. Our neighborhood is an older, downtown community that is vibrant, active, and very community-oriented. Culture and traditions play a big role in who we are as a school and learning community. My students participate in school community programs like our Homework Diner, Fall Festival, and Bellas Artes Festival. Our families are a big part of our school community. We have big parent involvement with our Homework Diners, Fall Festival, Craft Fairs, Family dances and Character Counts nights.
Our school community has embraced Arts Integration into our curriculum to enhance the way students learn content.
Our teachers attend Arts Integration workshops to learn new strategies in music, art and drama that make learning fun, engaging and truly powerful.
Students and teachers alike are embracing new, bigger and bolder ways to bring more movement and exploration to their learning day and after school too. Play is a very important part of their day.
What makes these students special is their zest for discovering and learning something new every day.
These vibrant, beautifully illustrated and powerfully written children's books will widen the world for my students. Their community, the wider community seems closer by reading books that are multicultural and celebrate diversity and health and taking care of yourself with mindfulness.
Lessons about diversity will encompass sharing books on culture, traditions and success and navigating through the text for important details and the message each book has.
Additional lessons will teach about mindfulness, positive attitudes, and how to find peace and calmness. Additionally, books on staying healthy and making play important parts of the day. These books and lessons will be put in bins to send home with families to read together and return for others to share.
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