My school is a Title I School and like many other schools across the county, most of the children come from low income, poverty-stricken homes. Each and every child receives breakfast and lunch daily at no cost. Many live in low-income housing, hotels, and some are even in shelters. For many in my class, English is their second language and some have special needs. With that being said, they all love to come to school and want to learn. They deserve all the resources and fun we can give them.
My students this year have been absolutely some of the most charming, and sweetest group of kids I have had the privilege of teaching and oh how they love to make me laugh.
These kiddos come in the door ready to learn and have fun. They will laugh, cry, hug, giggle, play, and learn all in one place: their classroom. I suspect the children walking through my door next year will the same! Therefore, I am eager and ready to help each of them have the very best kindergarten experience ever!
A couple of years ago I realized that sharpening pencils all week was taking up way to much time, so I saw an idea using personal pencil pouches for each child and giving them the responsibility of taking care of their own pencils. It has worked wonderfully! Here is how it works: each child will receive a pencil pouch. In it will be 6 brand new pencils, sharpened, and a large eraser. At the end of the week they turn those in to me and I will sharpen each pencil and return it to the pouch. If they have all 6 pencils and they are not chewed up or broken, I will add a small treat to the pouch. The children love and crave the responsibly.
I am requesting pencils (both regular for classwork and fancy for rewards), erasers, nice pencil pouches, as well as crayons and markers for their art work added to their daily writings.
Having the resources right from the beginning of the school year helps each child start the year off on the right foot!
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