The funds needed are to support a reading lab that services approximately 150 students in grade K-5th grade daily. Out of those students, 40 students in kindergarten receive reading intervention by 1 classroom teacher and 7 paraprofessionals. The students are considered Dual language learner, and live in an environment of economic scarcity. The demographic of the students are 95% English language leaner and the entire student population receives free lunch. Last year, approximately 30% of our students entered kindergarten with letter recognition of less than 4 letters and 12 students enter kindergarten designated as a newcomer to the country and did not know the English language. Less than 50% of our students attended preschool prior to entering kindergarten and do not have the readiness skill for school.
One of the main reasons for our need for additional funding is that our school is part of a K-12th grade district that combines funds to support two towns.
With our large percentage of English language learners, our students require resources to develop their learning, modalities, and developmental skills. The community is surrounded by agriculture and many of our families are employed as farm laborers.
These items selected for our intervention reading lab provides a diverse selection of resources to use with recognizing letter names and sounds. These center activities are designed to allow interaction experiences with other students and the teacher. The alphabet chart will be used to sort pictures by beginning letter sounds, help with reciting the alphabet whole group daily, and alphabet order. The alphabet picture book allows the teacher to anchor lessons to text, which develops literacy and concepts about print. Students will eagerly use these tools during small group instruction and actively engaging with other students while working in the lab.
The kindergarten student learns through play and hand-on learning activities, therefore, these resources provide the necessary tools to develop student learning.
There are 8 kindergarten groups that meet in the intervention lab at one time 4 days per week which requires a large amount of resources. These various center activities allow the aides and teacher a variety to offer our student to encourage motivation and engagement during small group instruction. The need for 8 of each center activity book is that these books may not be copied, so each paraprofessional and teacher need an original copy.
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