My students are hard-working, funny, crazy, and bright. They love school and their teachers. Their parents have taught them the importance of persistence, honesty, and patience. They live in the Fruitvale in East Oakland, a neighborhood that is overpoliced and underserved. But it is also a neighborhood bursting with color and artistic expression. The residents are extremely resilient, and they retain a sense of joy.
These students deserve access to the resources normally reserved for wealthier students.
My students are motivated by a desire to succeed and attend college. The other teachers and I hold very high expectations for them, and we are delighted to see their faces every day. Getting more resources for our classroom is an important part of showing them what they can hope for in life.
A large portion of my Kindergarten students' school day is filled with reading, writing, and phonics/sight word practice. These experiences happen throughout the day in literacy centers, guided literacy groups, and workshop time. It takes many tools to do this work!
We need alphabet magnet blocks and dough stampers to help students developing letter knowledge.
We need better writing materials to keep kids engaged and excited about writing strong stories. And I need a laminator so that I can continue to produce strong, targeted centers for my kids throughout the year.
Kindergarteners' needs can be very different. Some need more sensory play materials. Some need more options to help them create beautiful writing. And students' needs change throughout the year. With resources like these, I can ensure all of my students are getting what they need.
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