With almost 95% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch, our school has the biggest population of low-income students in the district. I can only imagine what kinds of hardships they must be facing every day. Despite all that, they enter my classroom full of energy, with the brightest smiles on their faces and a positive attitude.
They deserve the best education we can provide with tools, resources, and technology necessary to help them be the best they can be.
Being part of a culturally diverse classroom, and working with many immigrant and high-needs students, my belief in equal educational opportunity has only strengthened. My students are not only bright, capable, and hard-working, but they are also kind, friendly and respectful to one another.
I feel extremely blessed to work with these children. They teach me about what it means to stay focused, how to persevere when faced with challenges, and how to push myself to do better every day. I am so proud of each and every one of them!
Creating an inviting and comfortable library space for my kindergarten students will encourage them to read and interact with books. Currently, my students do not have a designated space for reading other than at their desk or around the classroom. A small rug would create a separate space for the classroom library, a bench would provide extra seating for students, and book boxes would help organize and store the books. In addition, providing high quality and engaging books would help develop positive attitudes about reading.
With new books and a quiet space to read, students will have access to age-appropriate reading materials to enhance their learning.
Students will have the opportunity to read books at their level and listen to stories that teach about diversity, families, social skills, feelings, science, friendship, etc. The children will also get to choose from popular children's stories such as The Cat in the Hat, The Hungry Caterpillar, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, and so on.
The availability of these amazing books will allow my students the opportunity to choose books they are interested in. The goal is to have a variety of good books in the classroom to motivate children to read, as well as, increase their literacy development.
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