When a family is struggling to cover the basics like food and shelter for their family, often school supplies do not fit in the tight budget. I firmly believe that every child deserves the tools they need for academic achievement, and I want to be sure that my students are ready to succeed on day one!
I am an educator at a low-income school.
My students, like all children, want to learn and are capable of doing great things. Unfortunately, they come to school unprepared and underexposed. This is due to a gap in the experiences and exposure that these students are afforded. The children want to be better, but they sometimes start out behind, and the possibilities of catching up seem dismal to most. Well, not to me! I attempt to expose them to as much as I can in the time that I am with them. I like to have supplies in our rooms for the students who need them. When students do not have their supplies, this makes it difficult to get started and young students become easily upset.
Dr. Seuss famously wrote "The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." I want my students to be able to grow up to be whatever their hearts desire. Therefore, they will need a strong foundation and must learn to read! Many of the students who enter my classroom do not know many letters or sounds. Oftentimes, they are just learning the language. These students need access to as many books as possible to catch up to their peers and to open up more opportunities for them.
I tell my students every day that the best way to get better at something is to practice; therefore, the best way for my students to learn to read is to be able to practice.
If I expect my students to practice, I have to provide the tools (or books) that can give them the chance to be successful using the reading strategies we have been practicing. Having a classroom library with books on their levels will give my students the chance to improve their skills. Students will have books that meet their needs and are bright, colorful and interesting to them. These classroom libraries can help my students be successful lifelong learners and readers!
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