My students are part of a small community in central Maine. Many of the families that I work with experience poverty and other factors that may affect their children's ability to learn. We are fortunate enough to have a district that provides free lunch and breakfast to all students throughout the school year and summer as well. This can help lessen the load that some families may struggle with and ensure that students are not hungry throughout the day.
I'm a strong believer that just like we teach math, reading, and writing explicitly, we must also teach social skills and coping strategies explicitly too.
In my classroom, we take time weekly to learn about, discuss, and practice important social-emotional skills that students need to be both successful students and citizens in the community.
My students love to learn and try new things! One of their favorite things that is integrated into the classroom is the use of technology for reading, writing, and math. Due to state budget cuts, unfortunately, this is very limited for each classroom.
My students are unique, inquisitive, and compassionate learners. They come to school each day ready to take on new challenges and learn new skills!
My young readers are learning all about nonfiction books and how they help us to get smarter about different topics. Ever since we started talking about them, my students cannot get enough! Because of this, I have realized that my classroom library could use a lot more nonfiction books on topics that my students are naturally interested in--animals, weather, robots, famous people in history, etc! I have found that the books that they are most drawn to are the few National Geographic Readers that I have.
Books are a means for children to experience things that they may never get the chance to experience otherwise.
One of the most powerful things to witness is a child being totally absorbed into a text as though they are living in that time or place. Your donation to this project could provide exactly that! My students have a love for learning new things and these books would help them to get a better understanding of the world beyond their hometown.
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