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I'm an elementary school teacher at P.S./I.S. 323 in Brownsville, New York. The school is labeled a Title I school and I will be a first grade teacher in September. I am so excited about this new position, but what made me a little nervous was the lack of materials that I have for that grade. I work in an underpriviledged Black and Hispanic neighborhood. The supplies in my school are very scarce. As a teacher, I feel we need more supplies in order to keep our children on task and learning.
A love of reading and books begins when we are read to as young children. In first grade, it is absolutely essential that children hear stories read to them. Examples of good literature help them become not only better readers but better writers. With more parents working outside the home there is not always time to read and help children write.
I think this would help my children to build confidence and lead to them becoming better readers and writers. This way they are more familiar with the context of the stories and therefore have some background knowledge to pull from when trying to decode words.
First Grade is very important! We need adequate supplies to help us teach the children what they should know.
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