My students need materials in the classroom that represent the many different cultures present in our school community and beyond in order to foster a understanding of the unique characteristics of each person.
As a Pre-K Headstart teacher in West Philadelphia, all of my students come from low income families. Some have more support at home than others. Some students are read to every night and their parents hold conversations with them often. However, many of our students do not experience a story before bed each night or a shelf filled with books at home. Many do not have the opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas on a regular basis. Our program strives to provide students with as many opportunities every day to express themselves, their creativity, and a love for learning.
About half of our students are English Language Learners, as well.
We work with these students to help improve communication skills through large and small group activities, read alouds, and center activities (including dramatic play). The goal is for all students to feel comfortable being themselves. We want everyone to feel a sense of pride in who they are and where they come from.
Every one of the materials requested will help to foster a sense of belonging and acceptance in our classroom. My classroom of 19 students includes students from Bangladesh, Morocco, Sudan, and many other countries. Nine of our nineteen students speak English as a second language. My goal is for all students to gain knowledge about various cultures, beliefs, customs, and much more.
All of the materials requested through Donor's Choose will have a special place in our classroom to help promote multiculturalism.
Dress up clothes will be placed in the Housekeeping Center. This will allow students to examine and discuss the various types of clothes worn around the world. "The World Language Learning Center" and "A View from Around the World" will also introduces students to different cultures and countries around the world.
With teacher support, students will also learn why different clothes are worn by different people in different places. Multicultural pencils and people cut outs will be placed in the art center. Students will use their creativity to make self portraits as they explore similarities and difference in physical attributes of themselves and others. The set of vocabulary cards will be used to help introduce new vocabulary to students in various languages. The visual images on the cards will help English Language Learners connect the new words they are learning with the words used to describe the objects in their first language.
Each new learning materials was selected with the intent to foster students interest in learning about different cultures and customs. We also hope all students will grow to appreciate the differences and similarities amongst the different cultures represented in our classroom and beyond.
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