More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Reading Opens Up a Whole New World!
My students need book bags to take books home to practice reading to their family.
Kindergarten is an exciting year to begin experiencing the adventure of books. It's a time to explore the world through reading. If you have few books at home or limited transportation to the local library, a classroom library offers opportunities into a whole new world found within books.
These kindergarten students attend a Title One school in California.
They are eager to enjoy books and learn to read them. Students want to share and practice books they are reading with their family. By offering students the opportunity to take home and practice the books from within the classroom, the rigor of our literature program can be increased!
As a student reads a favorite book, he or she will turn with an excited facial expression and big smile to asked, "Can I take this book home to read to my family?" A soft sad response is returned, "So sorry. The answer to your question is no."
Without strong and identifiable protection, the book has to stay at school. Ziploc bags have been used in the past, but these bags are neither identifiable nor strong enough to withstand the daily use. Often, the Ziploc bags are lost or used for other storage within the home. By allowing students to take books home, they are learning pride in what they have accomplished. Responsibility and trust within themselves. For many students, the additional practice at home builds confidence that propel them upward into a higher level of academic success.
Each kindergartner strives to reach the end of year goal to read books with multiple sentences and some repeatable words on each page.
This is a BIG goal to reach without having additional support from home. In the near future, with the purchase of book bags, the child's face that is filled with pride for his or her accomplishment can be softly told, "YES! You may take the book home to share and read with your family."
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