Our school is located in Chicago, IL. It houses our preschool through 8th grade deaf program. Our students come from various neighborhoods, as our program is a cluster program for the deaf on the southwest side of Chicago. Our students are deaf and hard of hearing. They have severe language delays due to their hearing loss. Reading and language are very difficult for them so they read years below grade level due to these delays. I teach 4th through 8th grade deaf students in this program and as my students become older, it is a real challenge to find reading materials that are topic appropriate, interesting and motivating but written at a level that they can read and comprehend.
I would like to continually remind my students that kindness can change the world. Having a library of picture books that focus on kindness will help me achieve this goal for my students. For many of my students, thinking more globally and more about others can be a challenge. I would like them to have access to a variety of books about kindness, so they can begin to think on a regular basis about kind things they can do for others daily. Picture books allow for access to examples and will foster rich classroom discussion with concrete examples for those students who need that.
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