My sixth graders go to a Title I school and come from diverse homes.
I have students that live with both parents, single parents, and students that live with their grandparents.
But, the vast majority of my students are from low socio-economic housing and cannot afford their school supplies.
It is incredibly sad when children are deprived of opportunities. My students are in the 85% range for free and reduced lunch, and we try to provide as many materials as we can for our children, because most do not have the means to get them. My students are challenged at school, because they do not get a lot of home support, so it is my job to make sure they have what they need to make learning a priority for them.
What makes this year more difficult than others is that the Oklahoma Education budget is at the lowest ever, and the materials for our students will not be available this year.
My classroom needs a reading corner that says come and read. My students needs that special place to get lost in a book so they will want to be eager to go back each day! The bean bag chairs and bean bags will get the corner off to a GREAT start.
Reading is difficult at this age so anything I can do to make it more enticing and say "Sit somewhere comfy and READ a bit" is so worth it!
I want them to read and find that book that lures my class in and makes them dream or think.
Sitting in these chairs will be so different from their desks and make the atmosphere more fun and relaxing. I want them to use the bean bag chairs everyday and associate this area with reading everyday so my kids will want to do it often!
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