Teaching kindergarten is an adventure every day. It is such a joy to see these primarily second language learners constantly grow. For many of these students it is their first time entering a classroom. They come from many different backgrounds and different home lives, but when they come to school, we are all one.
Full of curiosity, excitement, and an eagerness to learn is how my students enter my classroom each day.
Students get to choose how they greet me in the morning with either a high five, fist bump, a wave, a hand shake, or a hug. This gets them excited to start their day.
My classroom is set up for student success. They have choices they can make during workstations, they work with buddies, we work on communication, and most of all, we are all about a growth mindset. I want all students to feel successful and encouraged to always try their best despite how difficult a task may be.
My kindergarteners will be able to build their reading stamina with these appropriately leveled books. Since the books are both leveled and are of high interest, students will be able to read more independently. They can cuddle up and read on a padded cushion, with a pillow while sitting in a fun basket, or with finger flashlights.
I want to create a culture in my classroom where my kindergarteners are excited to read and motivated to build their reading stamina.
Read to Self is a designated independent or partner reading time. They will be motivated to "book shop" and fill their book bins with new and exciting books that they can use during Read to Self time. This grant will offer them a variety of books and a fun place to read.
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