My students need a fun way to read current events and Time for Kids is it!
"Okay, open your Social Studies book, kids." (A low groan echoes around the room as my students reluctantly get out their textbooks - published before they were born.) I think, "I wish I had something more interesting for them to read. Something colorful and current." Ah ha! Time for Kids!
My students are wonderful group of kids.
They truly are. They are bright and mostly on grade level. But they still struggle academically sometimes when reading informational text. Additionally, social studies has become kind of the "red headed step child" subject as state testing only tests math, reading, and science at this point. Many of my students barely know geography or history or even current events. Our school is a large K-8 center in the middle of the world renowned South Beach. However, our school is Title I. At least 88% of our students come from households with below average income. Most of our parents are immigrants from Central / South America and the Caribbean. Typically, they have low-paying jobs in the local tourism industry. They don't have the time, money, or command of English for our school to have a thriving PTA. 27% of our students are special needs children, bused to our campus from all over the city.
My students are constantly being tested. In fact it sometimes feels like I have weeks where there is more testing than teaching going on. We barely have recess. Field trips are far and few between. We have no playground and our auditorium has been condemned. Not much to look forward to for a nine year old. I imagine how receiving a bi-weekly, colorful magazine, that is all their own, might be perhaps one thing they could look forward to. I envision discussions about interesting topics in the issues of Time for Kids. This could lead to extended activities, maybe web searches. Anything to get the kids excited about learning would be a blessing.
Money has been getting tighter every year.
Our school has fewer and fewer resources. Class sizes are bigger than ever. These magazines would help in many ways. They would enhance my students' reading experiences and help them gain background knowledge and a better understanding of the world they live in.
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|TIME For Kids - 3-4 BASIC Bundle - 24 issues / Minimum of 10 subscriptions • TIME for Kids||$4.91||30||$147.30|
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