My students desperately need a leveled classroom library that will plant the seed needed at the Kindergarten level to become life long learners.
Does anyone know how to teach a child to read without books? Me neither! Year after year I am face with this dilemma. Our school has a limited number of books. 90% of the books in my class are the ones I brought from home. We do not have a school library and we are a K-8 school. Please help us.
My students are from an underprivileged area in NY City.
These children are coming from homes where books are not a priority. Money for food and life's basic necessities are far more important for these families than books. This is especially disheartening because most of these children are coming from homes where Spanish is the predominate language spoken at home. Children in this area start school at a 2 1/2 year gap behind most children attending Kindergarten in USA. Our school though wonderful in most areas, has a very limited supply of books. These children need beginning reader books so that they can feel confident as readers and will want to read more and more and more. They also need multiple copies of the same book so that they can read together in small groups and learn from each other. Since the school itself does not have a School Library. I am trying to build an excellent classroom library.
Phyllis C. Hunter once said "reading is every student's new civil right." Nothing can take the place of having a wide range of leveled books that the children can read on their own and with guided support from me. I will use these books to make literature come alive for these children everyday. Some examples are for small group instruction, read alouds, partner reading and reading workshop. When children see,hear and feel good books they learn how to read, or better yet want to learn how to read. I need to be able to put books in these children's hands. I want to make reading books as natural to them as breathing. Because most of my students are English Language Learners it is imperative to them that they have rich literature that they can decipher through pictures and by being continuously read to from engaging books. These books will mean everything in the lives of these children. Please help me give them their civil right to read!
When you give a child a book you empower them.
We have a chant at my school that the children say. It goes like this "Reading is Knowledge and Knowledge is Power and I want it...Yes, I want it"! You might think that you are donating a few books, but you are giving a world to these children. Your donation will have a positive effect on them that will last a life time. That's the kind of impact I wanted to make. That's why I became a teacher. Your donation will be your impact.
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