My students are part of a small group, reading intervention program. They come to me for short periods of time during the day to improve their reading and writing skills. Even if reading is difficult for them, they continue to persevere and work to reach their reading goals. Walt Disney said, "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." Every day my students work to overcome challenges so they can pursue their dreams in the future.
In our classroom we know that even if something is hard we can still be successful.
My students set individual goals for their reading and keep track of how they are doing. They take pride in their work and are motivated to keep improving. They are always excited to learn and have positive attitudes toward learning new things. They know it is okay to make mistakes. As Ms. Suchland always says, "Teachers make mistakes all the time, so it's okay to make mistakes. That is how we learn." My students know that they can do anything they want to if they keep trying. When we work hard to be better readers, we start to believe in ourselves.
A child's love of reading can predict his or her future. We all know that children who read regularly tend to do better in school and in life. However, many don't know that reading at home is just as or even more important than reading at school. Education starts at home, and parents who read to their children set an example and build a foundation for their children's futures.
Marilyn Jager Adams said, "Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read." My goal for this project is to encourage parents to read to and with their children at home.
I am creating book bags that can be used by both myself and classroom teachers in my building. Teachers will be able to send these bags home with students as a fun activity to do with an adult at home. Each bag will include a book, a fun activity that connects with the book, and the materials necessary to complete the activity. Each bag will also contain a notebook that parents can use to write something fun or memorable about completing the activity with their child. I am asking for books, bags, notebooks, and a few of the items for the activities. Each child will bring his or her bag back to school to share his or her work with peers.
Many children in my building either do not have access to books at home or are not read to or taken to the library. The National Center for Education Statistics says, "Children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not." I can't wait to see how providing families with this resource helps.
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