My classroom consists of 25 transitional bilingual Kindergarteners, many of which are attending school for the first time this year. In our classroom, we have a strong sense of community and it is truly a place where my students feel safe, respected, and cared for. They look out for each other, help each other, encourage each other, and build each other's self esteem as people and as learners.
My students are some of the most energetic, eager, caring, and lovable children I have had the privilege of working with.
They love to be challenged and approach new learning experiences with optimism and wonder. They are so curious to learn and explore the world around them. They have big imaginations and even bigger hearts. They are welcoming, understanding, and are a group of truly wonderful kids.
In our classroom, nonfiction books are in short supply. Research shows that juvenile fiction books out number nonfiction books 4:1. In order to meet the standards set by Common Core, it is critical that our classroom has a variety of high quality nonfiction texts. According to the standards, at nearly all grade levels, students are expected to develop research skills across content areas with a strong focus on nonfiction, including literary nonfiction; essays; biographies and autobiographies; journals and technical manuals; and charts, graphs, and maps. Although we currently have some nonfiction books in our classroom, they are not as fitting for the needs of early readers. They are long, multi subject books filled with complex higher level vocabulary that doesn't meet the needs of 5 year old English Language learners.
My students are curious learners and are very eager to explore the world around them in order to help build their background knowledge.
Having access to high quality books such as these opens an enormous realm of possibility for learning about a plethora of topics. Some of these topics include wild animals, such as cheetahs and lions, ocean animals like sharks and whales, different modes of transportation, community jobs, ecosystems, etc. My students live in poverty and many of them have never seen some of the most common or basic things that some may take for granted such as the ocean, boats, or real life wild animals. With your help my students will be able to expand their knowledge about informational subjects using age appropriate books.
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