More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$0 still needed
My students need a leveled bookshelf in order to pick out correct books on their reading level to grow as first grade readers.
Our goal is to be the best first grade class and to be college bound. College is word that these students have never heard before this year, but are now determined to make it and I am so proud of all their hard work and love of learning!
My first graders come from a low-income community and all receive free lunch at our Title 1 school.
They came to my classroom all on a kindergarten reading level or even lower, as I have at least 8 native Spanish speakers in my classroom. They had no confidence in their academic abilities and told me they were probably not even going to make it to high school. No first grader should ever feel that way. This year we have fostered a love of learning and seeing my students enter that doorway with a smile and leave each day reminding me that they are "college bound" is so inspiring. They are a little family and help and encourage each other every day to do their best work. My first graders have worked so hard and have already made huge academic gains in just the first semester and have no plans to stop any time soon!
In just one semester, my first graders have made an average reading growth of one and a half years. Their reading skills have gone through the roof and they continue to improve their reading comprehension each day. I catch them every day playing teacher each day asking each other for the main ideas in a story or asking each other what the characters or setting is.
Research shows that having students read on their own individual level during independent reading time will help them to gain confidence and be able to use skills and strategies specific to their level. If students aren't reading on their own level, they either get bored or frustrated with the book they are reading and can lose their love of reading. Having a leveled bookshelf in the classroom will help students quickly find interesting books on their level and work on improving their reading ability so each student will leave first grade on or above grade level for second grade.
The students in my school have their education dictated simply by their zip code.
In order to compete with students in high-income schools, they need to be reading on or above grade level all throughout their school career-- starting right now. Poor reading skills only drag students further and further behind each school year. I want to ensure that each of my students will graduate college with the same reading abilities that I had.
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