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Reading is FUNdamental!
My students need a nonfiction leveled library and a bookstand, that will spark their interest in reading!
One of my students once told me, "I want to learn to read so that I can read to my children one day." When a child learns to read, it opens up a whole new world for them. As Dr. Seuss says, "The more that you read, the more things you will know".
Teaching first grade students to read in a Title 1 school is not an easy task.
You are faced with challenges that range from students who cannot speak English to students who read on a 3rd grade level. One may wonder, how do you reach all students? I believe that supporting the interest in reading is fundamental because they learn to LOVE to read! If students are reading books that do not interest them, they will not care to comprehend the text. And if they are reading books they cannot comprehend, what's the point in reading? Having a leveled library helps students pick from a wide range of books they WANT to read rather than books they are forced to read. Many of my students do not own books of their own. I want their classroom library to include a wide array of texts in order to expand their background knowledge on a variety of subjects.
Including nonfiction books in my classroom library will open the doors for young zoologists who learns about baby giraffes for the first time. It will spark the interest in a future doctor that reads a book about the human body. Nonfiction books will open their eyes to the things that are real in the world. The things that my students will never get to experience for themselves. They will be able to travel across the world and back all in a school days work.
There is no doubt that learning to read is one of the most important skills taught in early education.
Reading is more than word calling. Reading is meaning. And reading should be fun! I hope to build strong readers who love to read by giving them resources they do not have at home. After all, "The more that you learn, the more places you'll go".
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