I teach in a suburban community where 98% of my students come from Spanish-speaking homes. These students struggle with a great many challenges. Their parents, often, are unable to read and write in English. They work several jobs to make ends meet. They have dreams for their children but they are limited in how much they can support them, academically. The students in my class are enthusiastic learners! Each day they come to school, excited about being with their friends in a place that they feel safe and secure! I am so lucky to have a group of students who care about each other and are helpful to one another each day. They are encouraging and kind to their friends and their teachers (especially when I draw a stick figure to represent a story character - they tell me I am a great artist!)!
Our top objective in First Grade is to decode unfamiliar words, recognize commonly used words and, overall, demonstrate mastery of the basic features of print as well as recognize characteristics of a sentence (NJSLS. LA.RF.1). When our class is ready to read independently, it will be so nice to have choices in where they sit! Some students are very wiggly and really need to allow their bodies to feel their surroundings in different ways throughout the day! I can’t wait to share this brightly colored, “soft place to fall” with my class! The smiles on their faces and the pride in their hearts is what I strive for each day!
Another great advantage to these soft, flexible seats is that students can work with their “pair and share,” classmates as they support and encourage one another in their new skill of reading and literacy!
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