My kindergarten students come to school with a wide array of skills and knowledge, as some have attended preschool or daycare, and others have stayed home. We are a diverse school with students coming to us from many different backgrounds and experiences.
We pride ourselves on building a strong sense of community and instilling a love of learning in all children.
My students are active learners and curious about the world around them. They love learning in a variety of ways including interacting with technology, creating/experimenting through hands-on learning, and engaging in play. Because they come to kindergarten with a broad spectrum of learning experiences and background knowledge, it is important to meet their many diverse needs and learning styles.
It is my hope to to welcome my kindergarten students with powerful picture books, as we work to establish our classroom community. My students all come to me with their own unique needs and feelings about school. While some are eager and excited to enter school, others may be scared or unsure. I would like to have books in my classroom that reflect all my students diverse multicultural backgrounds.
These powerful picture books can teach important social skills and life lessons, such as perseverance, kindness, and compassion and lead to rich classroom discussion.
It is my hope that students find themselves in the books in my classroom and the stories we read aloud. Picture books like: "Fry Bread" by Kevin Noble Maillard and "Lift" by Minh Le can inspire so much conversation and reflection through both their words and illustrations. Books like “Hair Love" by Matthew A Cherry and "Not Quite Snow White" by Ashley Franklin contain powerful messages of respect and acceptance that can be shared with young student students though a picture book read aloud. Through our read alouds and discussions, I would like to see my students grow into a classroom community built on trust, respect, and acceptance.
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