My students need a classroom library of kindergarten-level books so they can practice their reading skills.
Do you remember sitting on your parent's lap, listening to them read a favorite story? Unfortunately, most of my students do not have this experience, because they do not have books in their homes. Even more unfortunate, I have a classroom library of only 25 books that are at the Kinder grade level.
The students at my school come from a high poverty, gang-infested neighborhood.
They all get 100% free breakfast and lunch. Many of my students have had no previous exposure to books, and on the first day of school I've even had students hold books upside down! However, all of my students are very sweet 5-year old kids. Since they are not read to at home, they thirst for read-aloud time! If I ever give the class the choice between watching a movie or hearing a read-aloud, they ALWAYS choose the story!
Since my students have had no previous exposure to books in their home, it is very important that they have exposure to books in the classroom. You'd think I have a big classroom library since this is a school, right? Wrong! When I first moved into my classroom, there was a stack of books that was supposedly my "classroom library." Unfortunately, all of the books were for older kids, and there were very few that were for engaging and readable for Kindergarten students. So I am building my classroom library from scratch! The books I'm requesting are for the Pre-K through 1st grade reading levels, and are engaging for my 5 yr old students. After I have shown them the basics of blending letter sounds, my students will be able to practice their newly-learned reading skills in our new classroom library! Have you ever seen the excitement on a 5 year old's face when they bring a book up to you and say, "Look, I can read this book!" It's awesome!
My students need way more exposure to books compared to the average student in a middle-class neighborhood.
Since they have not been introduced to books at home, it's my duty as their first teacher to provide them with complete immersion to literacy and books. Unfortunately, I cannot do this if I do not have grade-level appropriate books in my classroom. Please help me to help my students!!!
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