Read us a story! Can you read it again? Children love to hear stories. Many of my students have very few books in their homes and I may be the only one reading to them. Reading quality literature helps them grow in so many ways.
My students come in eager to start their day and often times are not ready to go home when the bell rings.
We spend our day learning through play, songs, stories, and small guided learning centers. Transitional Kindergarten serves children who have September, October, November, and early December birthdays and will attend regular Kindergarten next year. Our goal is to educate the whole child and provide opportunities to learn in many different ways to prepare them for Kindergarten. So far, it looks to be paying off. Test scores and teacher surveys show that almost all of our students are in the top 50% with many in the top 25% district-wide. While TK is a district program, and children from all over town are enrolled, my class has many second language learners and children who live in low-income households.
Books are a wonderful thing! Children who are read to often have a more developed vocabulary and stronger academic skills than their peers. As we read and discuss these books, my students work on social skills and problem solving as well as academic concepts. I specifically picked out books to help my children understand and practice empathy, sharing, and as well as bringing math and science alive through stories.
Over one-third of my classroom library was written 10-15 years ago.
They are great books, but many more great books have been written in the last ten years. I would love to be able to add these titles to my collection.
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