My students need quality, language-rich books and materials to support early literacy skills.
I work as a Speech-language pathologist in a low-income, high needs public school. Many students qualify for free breakfast and lunch. In addition, over 70% of the students at my school are considered English language learners.
My students in particular are special education students with speech and/or language disorders.
However, I often work inclusively with all students in various classrooms (grades pre-K-6). Students throughout the building know me as “Ms. Brigitte”. I have been popping in and out of their classrooms since preschool or kindergarten as I collaborate, support, and coteach with other teachers in the building to build literacy and language skills.
Despite the everyday challenges these students face, my students come to school everyday, eager to learn and show off their skills. Whether it be a preschooler who finally is able to ask for help, a kindergartener who can proudly answer a question about a story, or a second grader who is able to remember and retell a story for the first time, I love to see my students’ faces light up with pride for their accomplishments.
These books and storytelling kits will provide my students with hands-on, visual learning opportunities to facilitate their language learning in the classroom. By using hands-on story materials, this helps keep students’ brains and bodies involved in the lesson. Once students become excited and engaged, this is where the real learning begins! Motivation and engagement is very important when teaching students who have difficulty learning language. In addition, developing a love for books at a young age through fun, playful lessons can help set students up for success in their later school years. Research shows that early book experiences help shape future language, reading, and writing skills. With this in mind, I devote a lot of my time planning and developing language-rich lessons for my students. These materials will be so helpful in reaching the diverse needs of my students and I appreciate your support!
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