Frederick Douglass quoted “ Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.”
My 1st grade Superheroes are very intellectual , open-minded and eager to learn new things outside their standard curriculum.
My students all come from impoverished areas with limited resources. They attend a Title 1 school in which the majority depends on outside sources to help fund their school , their education and the extra materials needed to learn in the classroom .
The education dynamics has changed. A lot of children are starting school not prepared for everyday school life. My heart focuses strongly on literacy in my classroom trying to give my students a chance to compete in my life. Some of my students had the benefit of attending pre-k and head start programs and some didn’t. My students love read a louds and love to read to me as well. Literacy is the foundation of early education , and as an educator I want to provide to my students nothing but the best classroom library and a variety of selections from each genre. My students believe in giving back to their community and what better way than to give back to the pre-k students.
Reading is a skill that is very beneficial to each child and having access to a different genre of books is amazing. While having access to and helping educate two pre-k classrooms, Reading is a skill that will guide children through everyday life no matter what the task is. A deficiency in reading may decrease the lack of vocabulary needed to sustain the social-emotional growth needed in a classroom or school environment.
We are starting a Big Sister/ Little Sister reading mentoring program to help our pre-k students build the confidence to enhance their love for reading while mentoring through reading.
At our school, we have club day once a month. On these days, the school’s upper grade students will read a variety of books to increase literacy, vocabulary and comprehension with our pre-k students. I can tackle many uses and needs with a library with multiple genre of books. The main focus is to give my pre-k students books that are not curriculum embedded. But more of the less, books that relate to their age, their everyday life , their creativity and imagination. With these books pre-k students will feel on top of the world while having a Big Sister as a mentor read it to them .
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