Each day, first graders depend on me to teach them how to read, write, and develop problem-solving skills that will be the foundation of their education. These students come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Their families qualify for free lunch and often do not have the means to provide literature, manipulatives, and other educational tools at home. So, I feel it is my role to provide them with rich learning experiences on a day to day basis.
Due to their backgrounds and limitations in resources at home, my students often enter elementary school significantly behind their more affluent peers.
First grade is such a magical grade as students go from putting letter sounds together to actually reading and understanding what they read. As students learn to read, decoding or breaking words apart to read them is an important skill. The other component of early literacy is comprehension. Students can often comprehend books that are at a higher level than they are able to read independently.
These chapter books on CD will allow students to hear texts that they cannot read independently, which will challenge their comprehension.
Chapter books will foster students' love of reading and further their excitement for books!
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