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Mrs. Patel from Concord CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Love of Reading: Building a Joyous Classroom Library

My students need decodable books and resources to practice reading, as well as, furniture to create an inviting, cozy and joyous library to develop their love of reading.

  • $1,702 goal

This project expired on May 3, 2018.

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My Students

Can we read it again!" "Yes! I'm going to library today!"

These are just a few phrases that illustrate the enthusiasm and genuine joy my transitional kindergarten students are beginning to have for reading.

Witnessing the smiles they wear as they read the few books we have in our library over and over, with peers and sometimes parents, is the best part of teaching such a young age.

Living in a low-income neighborhood, my small classroom library is the first opportunity many of my students have to hold books, let alone read them. Through the few months they have been in school, my students have begun to develop a true love of reading. When you walk into my classroom and sit on the floor of my library you will hear laughter, joy, excitement, awe, and the chatter of students sharing their thinking with each other. This is one time of their day that they get to feel the joy of reading, just as anyone else may.

My Project

Imagine being curled up with your favorite book, turning page after page and not wanting to put it down. Imagine the feeling of excitement when you meet someone who read the same book and you can finally share all of your joy, awe, and feelings about this book. Imagine being swept up in a new book, you now unexpectedly love.

This project will support the development of a true love of reading, in each of my TK students.

Through the addition of decodable fiction and nonfiction texts students will be able to explore new worlds and increase their confidence in their reading abilities. They will practice the foundational reading skills I have taught them independently and share them with their families when they borrow these books from the library.

The furniture in this project will allow me to create an inviting world of books that students will crave. Students will have their choice of flexible seating options, that support their energetic bodies in focusing on the books they enjoy. By creating this space to foster a love and joy of reading, we are setting up these students for success in all of their future endeavors. I can only imagine what their futures will hold because they developed a love for literature.

Mrs. Patel
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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22 donors22 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 43 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HH844 - Classic Birch Reading Nook • Lakeshore Learning Materials $599.00 1 $599.00
DG244 - Help-Yourself Heavy-Duty Bookstand - 3-Foot Wide • Lakeshore Learning Materials $249.00 1 $249.00
HH623BU - Comfy Couch for Toddlers - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $199.00 1 $199.00
CK20GR - Little Beanbag Seat - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 2 $99.98
TT235 - Lakeshore Fiction Sight-Word Readers - Level 1 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
EE567 - Creating Sight-Word Sentences Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
EE612 - Lakeshore Character Kids • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
EE613 - Character Kids Save the Day! Hardcover Book • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99

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