My students need books to take home to continue their adventures as readers with their families after school.
Do you remember opening up a book at home with your mom, dad, or sibling -- snuggling up in bed, sitting close on the couch, or making yourself comfortable on a lap to open a book? Many of my students do not have the variety of exciting books to enjoy and explore with their families at home .
My students are a group of enthusiastic kindergarten and first graders who come with rich background of language and culture.
Many of them speak two languages, are care takers at home, and are learning how to be passionate and responsible citizens of our classroom, school and the world! In our Multii-age classroom, we learn how to respect and work collaboratively to become readers, writers, mathematicians, historians, and scientists! As a school that believes in bi-lingual education, my students also are learning Korean as a foreign language and are learning to be multi-cultural students who know their place on the world. Most students live in the close-knit surrounding urban community where it is ethically, economically, and linguistically diverse with many first-generation immigrant families. Many will be the first to graduate high school and college and make their families proud.
Reading is an exercise of the mind and heart. It is an activity and skill I do with my students in the classroom, but what happens after school is equally as important. I encourage and require my students and parents to read everyday as part of their after-school routine. What I realized, however, was that many of my students' families do not have the resources to purchase books or go to the library on a regular basis. So, I started sending books home.
Although we have a classroom library in our classroom, we do not have enough books to take home everyday on a regular basis. I started to think how awesome it would be to have a separate library of books families can borrow everyday to enjoy at home. I wanted to give that excitement of reading to my students.
Books changed my life.
I've seen books transform my students. Books are the reason I dreamed to become a teacher and the reason I am a teacher. They taught, inspired, and allowed me to dream. Reading with my mom after school everyday set the foundation for my love of reading and learning throughout my schooling and career as an educator. This is why I know having fun, exciting, interesting choices of books to read at home is crucial to my student's development as readers and life-long learners
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