As a teacher of students in low income/single-parent family homes, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences. They like to move, they love to read and love lots of positive attention. The students in my classroom have a range of different abilities.
Living in low income/single-parent family homes may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may deprive them of life experiences many of us see as "typical".
From the minute they walk in the door of my classroom I focus on their potential and growth while they are with me. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. By doing this in a creative and positive way, I am hopeful to inspire even our earliest learners to continue on a path of academic excellence.
Children who come from families that live in poverty have been read to for about 25 hours before Kindergarten (Berk, 2006, Newman, 2003). Providing these materials will help prevent my students from falling into this statistic. It will give them a chance to succeed in school and allow them to build their language skills and begin to use print concepts later in life.
One of the basic tools we need is a bookcase for our classroom.
This will give the children easy access to the books in the classroom. The donations for this project will help our children to develop their language and literacy skills. As a Head Start Teacher it is our obligation to help build literacy and language skills in our students to prepare them for school.
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