For many students, our Kindergarten classroom is the beginning of their journey toward lifelong reading! Our school is a Title I school and most students receive a free or reduced breakfast and lunch. I continually reinforce the idea that we are a "school family," and the students know they belong and they feel the power of that membership. Trust is established right from the first day of school, and from there we grow together as learners. Our classroom, for many students, is the only place where their literacy development is nurtured. They crave books and the opportunities to read and to listen to books daily.
Part of my job as a Kindergarten teacher is to know my students' reading interests and to foster a love for reading. Every day my students should have an opportunity to read books they select themselves. Self-selected reading boots reading motivation. Students need to see themselves as competent and engaged readers. They need access to lots and lots of books! A classroom library full of books that are appropriately organized to match student's reading levels is a necessity. These books can be read independently and without support giving the students the opportunity to develop fluency and to practice reading strategies on easy, familiar texts.
These books that I am requesting are perfect for kindergarten readers.
The book sets match these young readers' independent reading levels. In our classroom library, the selves will be filled with these books, allowing the students to select their own reading material. Providing a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts will support my students in their search for books that genuinely interest them.
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