My school family is made up of a mix of enthusiastic and energetic general education, special education, and English language learner kindergarten kiddies. My students range from 5-7 years old and vary in academic, social, emotional, and behavioral disabilities. I know that every teacher says this but... I really do have the best students! I value character education and I am proud to say that every year my class is always complimented on their manners.
In most cases, my co-teacher and I know that we are the best part of their day, providing love, support, guidance, and strength.
More than a third of the students come from low‑income households. We are blessed to be given the opportunity to impact our students in a positive way everyday. It is my absolute belief that all students, especially our youngest learners, should love school and beg to return each day. Sometimes my kids cry at the end of the day because they do not want to go home. I know that we are setting our students up for success and helping to give them their very best chance at a fulfilling future.
This week I found out that I will be welcoming two ELL children from Mexico to my kindergarten classroom. We are already a diverse group of learners, as my room is an inclusion classroom. My students are familiar with children of varying needs, but have never met a child who speaks differently than themselves. I feel compelled to not only encourage acceptance, but to embrace the differences of all of my students. It breaks my heart to say that I do not have many items in my classroom showcasing various cultures. I whole-heartedly believe that these puppets will be the perfect way to blend my children and welcome these knew students to our school family.
Not only will the puppets show a variety of cultures through clothing and skin tones, but they will be wonderful for encouraging our new ELL students to speak, in both their native language and in English.
I hope to help them feel welcomed and accepted in my loving and diverse classroom! I can't wait to see the students interact and encourage each other through play!
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