Our students are the L. H. Engineers. They are on track for success despite some fairly big challenges. We are a Title I school, meaning that we have a high percentage of children from low-income families, who are at high risk for failure, and all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.
We are blessed with a very diverse group of students who are excited to come to school each day and eager to learn.
My Kindergarten class is a collaborative kindergarten which means that we have both typical and special education students. The class consists of 13 typical children and 8 children identified with special education needs.
We are located right outside Fort Eustis, so many of our students come from military households. This means that even our students who have two parents have spent much of their life in a single-parent household while their other parent was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, or Korea. The majority of our students are African-American or Latino, and about 12% come from homes where a language other than English is spoken.
We are working very hard to teach and develop the skills our students need to become proficient readers. To have well-educated adults who read at a high level, students must begin building reading skills at an early age. When children leave kindergarten without the benchmark skills, it becomes much more difficult to succeed in first grade and so on.
We will create a retelling center using familiar stories to help our students develop comprehension skills so they will not only learn how to read but they will understand what they are reading and be able to retell a story in sequence.
We will use the flannel boards, puppets, and accessories in both large and small group. We will create retelling boxes with a book and appropriate flannel board pieces or puppets that our kindergartners can use during small group reading centers. The storage boxes will be used to house an individual story all the items needed to retell it.
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